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February 23rd, 2012

Doree's Fine Art & Antiques Team commissioned by National Trust

Doree Bonner’s Fine Art's and Antiques team have recently commissioned by The National Trust to Pack , move and Store the contents of "Owletts" the birth place and family home of Sir Herbert Baker.

Born in Owletts in 1862 in Cobham Kent he died in 1946 and is buried in Westminster Abbey.

Sir Herbert Baker was a very important architect around the world but particularly in South Africa where he was the dominant force for two decades between 1892 and 1912 . He designed and project managed such buildings as The Groote Schuur designed for the then PM Cecil Rhodes which is now the South African Presidents house in Cape Town. His most famous achievement was the Union Buildings in Pretoria. He then left Africa for India in 1912 and worked with another famous Architect Sir Edwin Lutyens in designing New Delhi. Famous buildings he designed  in the UK include India House in The Aldwych and South Africa House in Trafalgar Square

Owletts was furnished with some beautiful pieces of furniture some pieces personally commissioned by Sir Herbert and others collected from his travels around the world.The interior of Owletts was exactly as it was when  Sir Herbert resided  there including family furniture , art collections including paintings , sculptures and antique china.When he died in 1946 he left Owletts to The National Trust. It is being restored to it's former glory during 2011/2012

Dave Shove who runs the Fine Arts Division said " It was an extremely interesting project and when I first visited Owletts it was like stepping back in time. The job certainly could not be rushed and I planned it over  5 days with four of our specialist packing team, Numerous bespoke crates had to be made by our in-house Case making Dept for pieces of artwork and very delicate sculptures and pieces of furniture. A very interesting project indeed".

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