Georgian furniture leads Bonhams sale



2015-06-26 10:59:46

Georgian furniture leads Bonhams sale

15 Jun 2012, 14:31 GMT+01

Bonhams London June 13th sale of Fine English Furniture and Works of Art saw impressive results, with Georgian items stealing the show.

A mounted serpentine commode, George III, fetched the top price of £175,250. It appears to have been built by John Cobb, and has been in the family of the descendent of John Douglas-Gould since the late 19th century or early 20th century.

The next top three lots were a George II pair of carved giltwood console tables and mirrors, sold for $46,850, a George IV gilt brass eight branch chandelier, for £39,650 after an estimate of just £8,000-£12,000, and a George III elaborately carved giltwood picture frame, sold for £34,850.

An Egypto-Roman revival white marble chimneypiece was offered. It was intriguing due to its history, commissioned by Horatio Nelson for his Merton Place residence. He dreamed of sharing the house with Sir William and Lady Hamilton, the latter his mistress, and their love child Horatia. The chimney was offered by Bonhams and sold within its estimate for £25,000.

A miniature walnut dolls armchair, Queen Anne era, was popular amongst bidders and sold for £17,500 after an estimate of £5,000-£8,000. Chairs of this size made during Queen Anne’s reign are extremely rare. They are thought to have been designed for toys or dolls to sit in.

A Victorian exhibition quality gilt and patinated bronze gasolier, a fascinating piece of antique lighting by Thomas Messenger, 1867, sold for £18,750.

Antique tables, chairs, desks, bureaus, mirrors, chests and cabinets abounded. Among the more interesting items, a beautiful George III mahogany pierced fretwork folding firescreen with Chinese painted silk panels sold for £3,750. A fantastic 18th century Sedan chair with pole bearers sold for £5,000. A rather lovely little George III mahogany and brass bound peat bucket went for £1,250, one of several underappreciated peat buckets and the only one to sell. Likewise the only seller among three charming tea caddies, a George III rosewood affair, achieved £1,500. A George III mahogany decanter box with twelve glass decanters sold for £4,375, and two delightfully ugly figures of Wellington and Nelson fetched £3,500.

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