Published 17th January 2015
It is not often that a Turkish carpet (FS25/751) of such a large size is offered for sale. It measures some 26ft 8in x 23ft 5in, which should provide suitable covering for even the largest room. The pre-sale estimate is £2,000-£3,000.
There is a good section of country furniture, which includes an unusually large farmhouse table in elm (FS25/765) – the top measuring just shy of 12ft x 2ft 10in, which would provide a perfect table for a large winter supper party. A good range of oak dressers and coffers are excellent value for money at the present time.
A pretty walnut oyster veneer chest (FS25/773), banded in sycamore is offered with a pre-sale estimate of £2,000-£3,000. This piece would grace any room.
An unusual item from the early 19th Century is offered for sale being a Regency X frame stool designed by Thomas Hope (FS25/791). The stool matches the design for a set of six stools in the drawing room of Thomas Hope's residence in Duchess Street, London and is illustrated in Hope's Household Furniture and Interior Decoration 1807. The estimate is £2,000-£3,000.
For lovers of Victorian furniture, an unusual walnut veneer writing cabinet (FS25/802) is offered. It combines the decorative elements of a Davenport with the practicality of storage and is estimated at £800-£1,200.
From the Continent comes an imposing 19th Century French kingwood, floral marquetry and gilt metal mounted armoire (FS25/819). For those people contemplating a range of fitted wardrobes in their bedroom, then think again, because this piece of furniture is not only practical but far more decorative than an MDF fitted unit – and with a greater re-sale value!
Also from the Continent is a mid-18th Century Portuguese padoukwood, coromandel and brass mounted chest (FS25/822). A highly decorative piece to fit in a hallway, the pre-sale estimate is £2,500-£3,000.
On a contemporary note, the final couple of lots in the sale provide an interesting variety of contemporary design.
There is a Jansko swivel chair in Perspex and fibreglass (FS25/839) and a red cardboard chair (FS25/837), possibly designed by Peter Raacke – and yes, the cardboard is robust enough to take the weight of the 15 stone managing director!