Collinson & Lock Furniture
Collinson & Lock Furniture was produced by the English 19th century furniture maker of the same name.
Brief history and description
The firm Collinson & Lock was founded in the late 19th century by F.G. Collinson and G.J. Lock, both of whom were former employees of Jackson & Graham.
The company manufactured furniture for the likes of the Savoy Theatre and the new Law Courts, and a variety of their furniture items were featured at the Paris Exposition Universelle exhibit in 1878. Some of the many furniture designers who were employed by the firm include E. W. Godwin (who was paid a retainer to produce designs for the company from 1872 and 1874), T.E. Colcutt, Stephen Webb, H.W. Batley, and many more.
Collinson & Lock's Victorian mahogany cabinets typically sell for around £950, while their mahogany and satinwood cabinets are worth around £550, and their ebonised and ivory cabinets are worth around £750.
Collinson & Lock's rosewood cabinets, on the other hand, can fetch for as high as £2,100, while their Gothic, walnut and brass mounted side cabinets are worth around £1,625.
Sotheby's in London sold a large satinwood and marquetry inlaid Collinson & Lock circular table for £2,280 in February of 2006.
Collinson & Lock's occasional tables, on the other hand, are worth between £200 and £400.
Collinson & Lock's rosewood, bone and marquetry inland writing tables can be worth up to £3,360, while their rosewood and marquetry inlaid oval tables can be worth as high as £5,000.
Christie's in London sold a Collinson & Lock mahogany and marquetry cylinder bureau for £3,910 in November of 1999.
Christie's in London sold a Collinson & Lock mahogany and marquetry D-shaped sideboard for £4,113 in June of 2001.
Guide for collectors
Collinson & Lock's smaller rosewood and marquetry inland tables as well as bureaus, sideboards, and rosewood cabinets are considered to be the most rare and valuable among collectors.
Restoration of a Collinson & Lock furniture item is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring a Collinson and Lock furniture item may decrease its value.
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