Lot 382: Table



2015-10-06 14:52:09

Lot 382: Table. A 1950/60s oak coffee table, the rectangular top inset with ceramic tile segments of all different shapes, colours and sizes, with brass presentation plaque inscribed 'Presented to Robert Hardy from St. Dunstan's Archery Club', with a further plaque inscribed 'Made by F. Galway, St. Dunstan's', 44.5cm high x 62cm wide x 41cm. The charity Blind Veterans UK, formerly St Dunstan's, was originally founded in 1915 by Sir Arthur Pearson (1866-1921), who had himself lost his sight due to glaucoma. It provided support for British soldiers suffering from blindness on returning from the front lines during the First World War. The charity continues to provide support to vision-impaired ex-Service men and women. Sir Arthur Pearson's son Neville Pearson married the actress Gladys Cooper in 1927, and became president of St. Dunstan's in 1947. Their daughter Sally Pearson was Robert Hardy's second wife. Provenance: The actor & historian Robert Hardy. (1) Dominic Winter's Antiques & Fine Art Auction October 2015 Thursday, 15th October 2015 Estimate: £70-100
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