Ahead of Christie’s Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art, Maritime Art, Sporting & Wildlife Art sale in London on March 22, Luxury Defined showcases a collection of homes built during the Queen Anne Victorian Revival movement and the reign of the monarch who inspired it. Queen Anne, the first sovereign of Great Britain, after the Act of Union in 1707, ruled just a dozen years in the early 18th Century, but her name gave rise to one of architecture’s most eclectic traditions. Her era’s great country houses, elegant in brick and stone, celebrated for their serried double-hung windows and multiple chimneys, began a new age of light, air, warmth, and comfort. Her 19th Century revival, by architects seeking a stylish return to traditional craftsmanship, anticipated modernism: Massing asymmetrical shapes, wraparound verandas, fanciful gables, turrets, round towers, and oriel windows, they created homes which are still vibrant, exciting living spaces for the 21st Century.
Chapoquoit Island Waterfront (Circa 1898)
West Falmouth, MassachusettsThis 1898 waterfront house in the private summer resort community of Chapoquoit Island is a masterly example of the Queen Anne Shingle-style architecture of New England. Harbor views extend from the charming back deck, side porch, or almost all of the primary rooms in the 4,305-square-foot, three-story interior with five bedrooms and five baths. Period details include elegant millwork, high ceilings, fir flooring, original glass, and three fireplaces. The waterfront includes a seasonal pier with a private dock with access to the protected West Falmouth harbor, Buzzards Bay, and the Atlantic.
The Manor House (Circa 1732)
Salisbury, EnglandThe Manor House, Grade II Listed, lies in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside. Built of red and blue brick around 1700, it gained its first addition in 1732 and the second in the early 20th Century. The master bedroom has a dressing room and en suite bathroom. There are seven more bedrooms (three on the attic floor, suitable for teens or staff accommodations) and four more bathrooms, two of them en suite. Other features include original elm floorboards in the dining room, open fireplaces with ornate fireback and wooden surrounds. The grounds offer a fine terrace for alfresco entertaining, a walled garden, tennis court, swimming pool, traditional listed outbuildings, paddocks, and stabling.
Hamptons Shingle-Style (Circa 1903)
East Hampton, New YorkEast Hampton’s Huntting Lane Historical District is home to this handsome 1903 residence, which underwent complete restoration in 2009. It has eight en suite bedrooms, a rambling wraparound porch, six fireplaces, and the modern convenience of an elevator. The first floor includes a gracious entrance hall with fireplace; two living rooms, one with fireplace; a formal dining room with fireplace; den with full bathroom and walk-in closet; a spacious eat-in kitchen with gas fireplace and red birch countertop; a separate laundry and a half bathroom. The finished basement offers a lounge/media area, an exercise room, a wine cellar, a bedroom and bathroom. The verdant grounds host a carriage house/garage and a heated gunite pool and deck.
The Victorian Crow’s Nest (Circa 1884)
Monroe, North CarolinaThis picture-postcard 1884 Queen Anne estate with its parklike grounds was designated a historic landmark for its architectural integrity and rich historical value. The house displays an asymmetrical massing and ornate attention to detail, exemplary of the late Queen Anne style. Completely renovated and expanded, the Crow’s Nest has hosted countless weddings due to its photogenic façade and impressive dimensions, which include an expansive chef’s kitchen, a 3,000-square-foot outdoor pavilion, five bedrooms, four full bathrooms and three half bathrooms. The six-acre grounds feature a Lilly of the Valley flower garden.
15 Queen Anne’s Gate (Circa 1704)
London, EnglandBuilt circa-1704, 15 Queen Anne’s Gate is a landmark Grade I listed townhouse in London’s prestigious Birdcage Walk Conservation Area, between Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. The residence displays all the archetypal details of the era, including a decorative black- and red-brick façade. The north flank of the house is of particular interest. It features a statue of Queen Anne, after whom this prestigious street was named. The palatial property includes four grand reception rooms, six bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen, and a patio garden.
This illustrious residence is perhaps most recognizable as the home of the fictional Brett Jones, played by Sir Roger Moore in the 1960s hit television series The Persuaders. The neighboring houses of Queen Anne’s Gate have been inhabited by a who’s who of British dignitaries over the last three centuries, including three prime ministers and the great Victorian inventor Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
Historic Townhouse (Circa 1900)
Georgetown, Washington, D.C.Built in 1900, this grand Washington, D.C., home is a classic example of the Queen Anne rowhouse, remodeled with careful attention to the original architectural details. The exterior is in stucco with a slate roof, bay and dormer windows, decorative stone panels, and a domed turret. Inside, 4,000 square feet of living spaces feature painted hardwood floors, 11-foot ceilings, crown moldings, and two woodburning fireplaces. There are five bedrooms, including four master suites, five full baths and one half bathroom, a gourmet kitchen, as well as a separate au-pair suite and a beautiful rear garden.