Published 17th October 2014
The Autumn 2014 Quarterly Sale of Fine Art and Antiques to be held on 28th/29th October 2014 contains a good section of furniture from the early 18th Century to the late 20th Century.
Amongst the earlier pieces is an 18th Century walnut crossbanded tallboy (FS24/783), with an estimate of £1,000-£1,500 and a walnut and crossbanded kneehole desk (FS24/776) from the same period, estimate £3,000-£4,000.
A fine quality George III mahogany bureau cabinet (FS24/792) represents exceptional value, carrying a modest £1,000-£1,500 estimate. The upper part is enclosed by a pair of mirror panel doors, whilst the sloping fall reveals an excellent interior.
A George III carved mahogany tea table (FS24/785) is equally good value with a pre-sale estimate of £1,200-£1,500.
The Twentieth Century furniture is well-represented with pieces in walnut by the cabinet maker Peter Waals. Waals was part of the Cotswold School of furniture making and worked in the 1920s and 1930s having been apprenticed to the celebrated Ernest Gimson and subsequently talking over his workshops.
The pieces on offer are a secretaire cabinet (FS24/868) with strapwork decoration, estimated at £4,000-£6,000, and a rectangular dining table (FS24/870) with a chequer inlaid edge which is expected to realise between £3,500 and £4,500.
Other high quality furniture from that period is an oak octagonal occasional table by Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson of Kilburn (FS24/866), estimated at £300-£500, and a Gordon Russell oak bedside cabinet (FS24/873) which is expected to make £400-£600.
Slightly more unusual is a 1960s ball chair by Eero Aaarnio (FS24/867). Constructed in white fibreglass with orange folkweave upholstery, this model is renowned for appearing in the 1960s cult television series The Prisoner, where 'No 2' would be seated. The estimate for this example is £400-£600.
If the 18th Century is more to your taste in chairs then a pair of 18th Century carved walnut fauteuils (FS24/782) in the Louis XV taste should fit the bill. Decoratively upholstered in Flemish tapestry, they are expected to realise £800-£1,200.