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Fine Furniture Auction Preview

Chris Hampton, Managing Director and Head of the Furniture Department, looks at the wide range of furniture on offer in the upcoming Autumn 2014 Fine Sale, with furniture to meet all tastes. There is a good selection of period furniture from 18th century onwards as well as some exciting contemporary furniture, including A ball chair dating from the Swinging Sixties that conjurs up such cult TV series as The Prisoner.

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.

An 18th Century walnut crossbanded tallboy (FS24/783) is being offered amongst the period furniture in the two day Autumn 2014 Fine Sale, which
        starts on 28th October 2014.

An 18th Century walnut crossbanded tallboy (FS24/783) is being offered amongst the period furniture in the two day Autumn 2014 Fine Sale, which starts on 28th October 2014.

The early 18th century furniture includes a walnut and crossbanded kneehole desk (FS24/783), which is inviting bids of between
        £3,000 and £4,000. The auction is in Exeter with live online bidding support.

The early 18th century furniture includes a walnut and crossbanded kneehole desk (FS24/783), which is inviting bids of between £3,000 and £4,000. The auction is in Exeter with live online bidding support.

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.

Amongst the period furniture on offer is this George III mahogany tea table in the
        Chippendale taste (FS24/785) carries a pre-sale estimate of £1,200-£1,500.

Amongst the period furniture on offer is this George III mahogany tea table in the Chippendale taste (FS24/785) carries a pre-sale estimate of £1,200-£1,500.

A good piece of decorative furniture is the Black Forest carved Lindenwood hall stand (FS24/855) modelled as a standing figure of a bear. This carries a pre-sale estimate of £800-£1,200.

The furniture auction within the Autumn 2014 Fine Sale includes some decorative furniture such as this Black Forest stick stand (FS24/855), which is
        expected to fetch £800-£1,200.

The furniture auction within the Autumn 2014 Fine Sale includes some decorative furniture such as this Black Forest stick stand (FS24/855), which is expected to fetch £800-£1,200.

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.

The 20th century furniture section is well-represented and includes this secretaire cabinet (FS24/868)
        in walnut by Peter Waals (1870-1937), which is estimated at £4,000-£6,000.

The 20th century furniture section is well-represented and includes this secretaire cabinet (FS24/868) in walnut by Peter Waals (1870-1937), which is estimated at £4,000-£6,000.

The sale also includes a Cotswold School walnut dining table (FS24/870) by Peter Waals (1870-1937), which is expected to fetch between
        £3,500 and £4,500.

The sale also includes a Cotswold School walnut dining table (FS24/870) by Peter Waals (1870-1937), which is expected to fetch between £3,500 and £4,500.

An octagonal occasional table (FS24/866) produced by Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson of Kilburn has a pre-sale estimate of £300-£500.

An octagonal occasional table (FS24/866) produced by Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson of Kilburn has a pre-sale estimate of £300-£500.

A Gordon Russell oak bedside cabinet (FS24/873) is inviting bids of £400-£600.

A Gordon Russell oak bedside cabinet (FS24/873) is inviting bids of £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.

A white fibreglass ball chair (FS24/867) from the 1960s has already attracted lots of attention. The model is renowned for
        appearing in the cult TV series The Prisoner. This example is expected to fetch £400-£600.

A white fibreglass ball chair (FS24/867) from the 1960s has already attracted lots of attention. The model is renowned for appearing in the cult TV series The Prisoner. This example is expected to fetch £400-£600.

In stark contrast, the furniture auction also includes a pair of 18th century carved walnut fauteuils in the Louis XV taste (FS24/782) with an estimate of £800-£1,200.

In stark contrast, the furniture auction also includes a pair of 18th century carved walnut fauteuils in the Louis XV taste (FS24/782) with an estimate of £800-£1,200.

Tags

  • Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
  • Fine Art Auction
  • Period Furniture Auctions
  • Peter Waals
  • Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson
  • Eero Aaarnio

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