Although he wasn't a friend of Agatha Christie, Robert Grenville Gayer-Anderson and the novelist bumped about the Middle East at the same time and frequented the same circles. Based in Cairo, the Major bought two Ottoman houses dating from 1540 and 1670 that adjoin the Mosque of Ahmad Ibn Tulun. He restored them, joined them together with a veranda, and filled them with all the furniture and objects he brought back from his travels in Lower Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon. There are masterpieces of marquetry, sculpture, and witnesses to a forgotten lifestyle.
Do not miss the Syrian living-room furniture inlaid with mother of pearl, the bedroom with its poster bed, and the guest bedroom in which a scene of the caliphs of Baghdad is reproduced. A refined and cultured world vibrates in these rooms. Imagine its music, its perfumes…
When the Major returned to England for health reasons, he donated his house to the Egyptian State. He also offered a goddess-cat with earrings to the British Museum that he himself restored. Unfortunately, only its copy remains in the Cairo house.
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