“The horses are ravishing! Giving should be gorgeous; you should look forward to it”

– Joanna Lumley –

Twelve celebrities, mostly British, of the film, fashion and art worlds have been enlisted by Stars Rocking to design their own rocking horses which will be auctioned to raise awareness and funds for CHIVA Africa, a charity working in South Africa to combat the spread of the AIDS and HIV epidemic in infants, children and teenagers.

Hand-crafted by famous rocking horse makers Stevenson Brothers, each horse has been customised with glorious designs and themes to make them unique:
Judi Dench transformed hers into an ethereal unicorn named SMOW (after her grandson Simon Michael Oak Williams), Joanna Lumley’s was inspired by the fabulous outfits worn by her Ab Fab character Patsy, while Amanda Wakeley’s became a safari Zebra. Other celebrities who have designed a rocking horse include Maureen Lipman, Kelly Hoppen, Stephen Webster, Nicky Clarke,
Julien Macdonald, Melissa Odabash and Nick Walker.


The ravishing rocking horses, all signed by their artists, will be exhibited
at Sotheby’s Kiddell Gallery from 11-14 November 2013, after which they will be auctioned at an invitation-only event on November 14th with all proceeds going directly towards CHIVA Africa.

For more information please contact starsrocking@chiva-africa.org
or call 0208 2099100.

So, don’t say neigh, say yeah!

Dame Judi DenchThespian

Nicky Clarke & Kelly Simpkin – Hair Stylists

Patsy Sweetie Dahling Stone – Joanna Lumley Impersonator

Stephen Webster – Jewellery Designer

Amanda Wakeley – Fashion Designer

Kimberley Kundle – Artist

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Maureen Lipman – Actress

Rozanne Bell -Painter

Lisa Whatmough – Founder of Squint

Julien Macdonald & Melissa Odabash – Fashion Designers

Kelly Hoppen – Interior Designer

Nick Walker – Street Artist







$33.7 million

  is the price of the now most expensive rug but also piece of furniture in the world. The 17th C Clark Sickle-Leaf Persian rug sold at the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s carpet and rug auction held by Sotheby’s in New York City this week.

  It therefore knocks off the c.1917 Eileen Gray “Dragons” chair that belonged to Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé which sold for $27.8 million at the 2009 Christie’s auction.

What recession?!


Step inside the ephemeral world of art auction at Artcurial with A-Gent of Style.

Pass beneath the massive wrought-iron gates that guard the entrance to this mythical place, a sophisticated place that finds solace on the two most beautiful streets in Paris, the tree-lined Avenue Montaigne and the illustrious Champs-Elysées.

A-Gent of Style was delighted to attend another auction this Tuesday for the DESIGN Sale No 2326.

It was such a privilege to see some of the most important and iconic pieces of furniture of the 20th C not only up close during the exhibition that preceded the sale but also to see them go under the hammer at eye-watering prices.

Here is A-Gent of Style’s selection for you. You can see the full results here


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