Smoking room panel


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adam gratwick

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have a look at the christie's site and find the sale no 5758 held 12th april under auction calender . go to lot 112 - it appears to be a rare survivor. I had the bad luck to underbid but have asked to be put in contact with the purchaser so i can ask if there are any markings on the reverse.
 
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Adam,

I checked it out, and the panel and its inlay of mother-of-pearl, matches exactly those seen on photos of Olympic's Smoking Room. As far as I can see, the auction makes no mention of the Olympic or Titanic. I wonder how likely it is for two unrelated panels to be identical.

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Daniel.
 

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Daniel.

I did ask about any marks on the back but recieved no reply before the sale . I took the chance that it was very unlikely that the panel could have come from anywhere else but was the underbidder anyway. I did wonder if it could have been an extra or rejected panel that was never fitted.
 
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Adam,

The Smoking Room was a large room, and we do know of one house somewhere in England that has paneling from Olympic's Smoke Room installed in it. However that paneling would account for only a fraction of the room. There is a good chance that various other people had other sections of the room.

This particular small panel may not have any markings, especially considering that nothing of its relation to Olympic/Titanic is mentioned. This would have been part of a much larger panel which probably had the markings, but not this small panel.

Here's a picture of it. This would have been one of 4 such panels in the Smoking Room. I just looked at the auction today, and there is no photo on the lot anymore ... maybe its just my computer.

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Regards,

Daniel.

PS. The image shows the same panel from the Olympic, but taken 33 years appart. The 1st photo had very good lighting, which is why the detail is so bright.
 

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Daniel,

I think they remove the photo's a day or two after the sale . I could try and scan the catalogue photo if you want and send it to you - I'm not sure if it would be ok to post it here or would it breach copyright law?

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Adam
 
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