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Oak Furniture Leads Country House Sale

21st May 2024.

Period oak and pieces of vernacular furniture was much in demand at Tennants Auctioneers’ Country House Sale on 18th May, with well patinated examples achieving well above pre-sale estimates. Notable prices were achieved for the likes of a Primitive Oak Stick-Back Armchair with three legs, which was likely made in the West Country in the late 18th or early 19th century, sold for £2,700 (all figures exclude buyer’s premium).  A further West Country chair from the same era, which had an ash comb back, sold well, too, at £1,800.

On offer in the sale, too, was the David and Hilary Hide Collection of Treen and Metalware, which achieved a total hammer price of £8,610 for the 49 lots. Highlights of the collection included a group of Sail and Ropemaking Tools, which sold for £200, and a Pair of George III Carved and Turned Mahogany Candlesticks and a Pair of Olive Wood ‘Brighton Bun’ Travelling Candlesticks, which sold for £380.

Good decorative furnishing pieces attracted good levels of bidding, with highlights such as a Northern European Polychromed Bureau from the late 19th or early 20th century (sold for £1,400), a Brass-Mounted Coopered Oak Naval Rum Tub (sold for £1,900), a Ship-Type Bulk Head Striking Wall Clock, made circa 1890 by J Dimmick of West Cowes (sold for £1,700), and a Pair of Victorian Glass Pharmacy Shop Display Jars and Covers (sold for £1,100).

Amongst the Asian Ceramics in the sale, strong prices were achieved for a Chinese Porcelain Vase from the late Qing Dynasty (sold for £3,000), a Chinese Porcelain Dish from the Kangxi Dynasty (sold for £1,700), and a Pair of Chinese Porcelain Bowls, with Qianlong reign marks but not of the period (sold for £1,300). Good European Ceramics included a Spode Pearlware Comport made circa 1820 and decorated with the “Hunting a Buffalo” pattern (sold for £650), a Worcester Spoon Tray made circa 1770 (sold for £400), and a Dutch Delft Lobed Dish or ‘Buckelplatte’ from the early 18th century (sold for £400).

Finally, Pictures sold well throughout, with top prices achieved for the likes of a mythological work on paper by Mauritius Lowe (1746-1793), which sold for £4,200, “Sunday Afternoon” by William Henry Hunt (1790-1864), which sold for £2,000, and an 19th century Allegory of Poetry by M Cordazzi after Carlo Dolci, which sold for £1,700.

The sale achieved a total hammer price of £288,970 with an 84% sold rate for 848 lots.


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