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Traditional 'Brown' Furniture Sells Strongly in the Country House Sale

24th September 2020.

Tennants Auctioneers’ Country House Sale on 19th September saw traditional ‘brown’ furniture selling strongly, aided by an abundance of private buyers helping elevate prices well above those seen in recent years for good furnishing pieces in nice condition.

Top lots of furniture included a Pair of George III Mahogany Gainsborough Style Library Armchairs, late 18th century, which sold for £3,100 (all prices quoted exclude buyer’s premium), a George III Mahogany Flip Top Tripod Table, late 18th century, which sold for £2,800, and a late George III Mahogany Straight Front Chest, early 19th century, which sold for £950. Further lots of good ‘Country House’ furniture that sold well included a 19th Century Teak and Brass Bound Campaign Chest labelled ‘Army & Navy C.S.L Makers’ (sold for £1,600) and an Early 20th Century Brass Country House Fender (sold for £1,300).

Unusual works of art are always in demand in Tennants Country House Sales, and sought after items in this sale included a Late 19th Century Black Forest Carved Bear Hall Stand, which was part of A Gentleman’s Private Collection, Warwickshire and sold for £3,200. A 19th Century Brass Weathervane Dial sold for £2,800, and a Mid-17th Century Italian Gilt Metal, White Metal and Hardstone Mounted Ebonised Frame sold for £2,400.

A 55-lot collection of Royal Worcester sold strongly through-out, achieving a total hammer price of £23,520. Highlights included a Pair of Royal Worcester Porcelain Vases and Covers from 1892/3, which sold for £1,300, and a Royal Worcester Porcelain Jardiniere and Stand from 1898, which sold for £1,100. Elsewhere in the Ceramics Section, a Chinese Porcelain ‘Lotus Bouquet’ Dish in Yongle Style was one of the top lots of the sale at £3,200, and a Pair of Chinese Porcelain Baluster Vases, Qianlong, sold for £2,700.

Further highlights of the sale included a Mahogany Wall Timepiece by Smith & Hind of Stockton circa 1850, which sold for £1,200, and a Mahal Carpet made in West Iran circa 1900, which sold for £2,200.


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