The Rake Tailored Beverages: The rebirth of the decanter

Craft, passion and community are instilled in each Negroni No. 1. This very much includes the ornate glass decanter it is housed in.

In July 2007, Raphael’s portrait of Lorenzo de’ Medici, Duke of Urbino (1492 – 1519), was the most important work by the artist to come to auction since 1892. Not on general view to the public, it hung in a special room like a precious relic in a magnificent Renaissance gold frame at Christies, London. Here it glowed with vivid intensity, with every microscopic detail romanced and strengthened in the eye of the viewer. Admittedly, the especially curated lighting enhanced its beauty, but the influence the frame had on it selling for £18.5million (well beyond the top estimate of £15million) cannot to be underestimated. Bought from a leading Old Master scholar and dealer before the sale, it made certain that the exquisite painting benefited from a nonpareil frame.


Freddie Anderson


December 2021


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