A carved beech chair c.1685.

Item Ref
9172

An elegant chair of the James II period, c.1685, tall and graceful, this was an important new stage in English chair design.
This style of cane backed and seated chairs had represented a revolution in seating comfort, but with the disadvantage of fragility. This chair, over 300 years old, with its glorious sculptural quality, is a joy to look at and is best used as an art object rather than as furniture.
As usual with these chairs there are signs of old woodworm, but now defunct. There is a repaired break to the right hand side of the seat.

The crest rail is carved with then highly fashionable royal crown. This, and the front rail, are deftly executed with bold cuts of the chisel. This is typical of the sort of carving performed by London chairmakers at this period, by which maximum effect is achieved with the minimum of work.
DIMENSIONS: 48.5 inches tall, 17.5 inches wide, 18.5 inches seat height.
PROVENANCE: Lowfold Hall, Roberttown, Yorkshire. (see image 5)
£395

Walnut bureau c.1730.

Item Ref
8943

An unusually small early 18th century walnut bureau, with fine veneers, excellent patination and beautifully faded.
The sides are pine, of a good colour and, unusually and pleasingly, have not been later veneered.
Drawer linings are oak with fine dovetails; escutcheons original but the handles are later replacements of the right type.
Obviously there are one or two old damages after 300 years, but nothing significant..a small piece of veneer missing from the right hand back corner of the top; not easily seen.
The strength of this piece lies in its small size, colour and patination; it really is a joy.
There are keys for the fall and the little door within the bureau.

SIZE: 35.75 inches wide, 39 inches tall, 19 inches deep.
PROVENANCE:Old Nottinghamshire Private Collection.
£2,985

Pair of Mahogany Chairs c.1750.

Item Ref
9316

These fiddle back chairs are of good quality and excellent colour; dating from the mid 18th century, they are sound and stable, ready for everyday use. There is some old repair work, but nothing obtrusive.

DIMENSIONS: 38 inches tall x 24 inches seat width x seat depth 16 inches.
PROVENANCE: A North Somerset private collection for many years.
£145

Oak side table c.1690-1720 and later.

Item Ref
9103

This very attractive side table may have started life as the base of a 17th century chest on stand, as time passed, chest and base were often separated.It is a lovely colour, patina and of excellent proportions. The top is later, the drawer has been rebuilt and the ball feet are replacements.
The original brass escutcheon suggests a lock, but there has never been one; locks were very expensive and on country furniture they were not always fitted. The ends are panelled.
Clearly, this is not a piece for the purist collector, but it is a 300 years old piece of furniture that is beautiful, useful and sensibly priced.

SIZE: 39.5 inches wide, 23.5 inches deep, 30 inches tall.
PROVENANCE: Oxfordshire Private Collection.
£995

James II walnut armchair c.1685.

Item Ref
9154

An elegant walnut armchair of the James II period, c.1685, tall and graceful, this was an important new stage in English chair design.
This style of cane backed and seated chairs had represented a revolution in seating comfort, but with the disadvantage of fragility.
A surprising number of these chairs still exist (they were made in their thousands) but many are now suitable only for decorative purposes as woodworm, frequent recaning, and damage to the joints and the tall backs have rendered them virtually unusable.
This is not the case with this one. This chair, over 300 years old, with its glorious sculptural quality, is not just a joy to look at but can also be used, although care should be exercised as with all chairs of this type and age.
As usual with these chairs there are signs of old woodworm, but now defunct.
The crest rail is carved with a shell … a very fashionable motif of the period ..., this, and the front rail, are deftly executed with bold cuts of the chisel. This is typical of the sort of carving performed by London chairmakers at this period, by which maximum effect is achieved with the minimum of work.
DIMENSIONS: 47 inches tall, 23 inches wide, 25 inches deep.
PROVENANCE: Herefordshire private collection for the last 25 years.
£895

Rare Laburnum Armchair c.1680.

Item Ref
9227

This is a very rare piece of furniture in laburnum wood, Scottish, Dutch influenced as was much chair design at this time, with spiral turned open arms, raised on turned legs joined by further spiral turned stretchers. It is expensively upholstered in cut velvet.
There are small areas of old woodworm damage, non active, and the ball feet have been replaced; the chair is sturdy, sound and perfectly usable.

It has an interesting PROVENANCE, having belonged to WILLIAM TEACHER (1811-1876), Scottish wine and spirit merchant, and thence by descent.

William Teacher was working in a grocer’s shop in the Glasgow district of Anderston when he married the grocer’s daughter in 1834 and began to sell whisky from the shop. In 1856 he was granted a ‘licence for consumption’ and opened his first ‘Dram Shop’. Ultimately the chain of well-regulated premises with high quality whisky on sale grew to 18, making William Teacher the largest single licence holder in Glasgow.
By this time his sons William Jr. and Adam had joined the business and the family firm became involved in wholesaling and in blending whisky. Early brands offered by the Teachers included Australian Bonded Grand Liqueur, Extra Special and Hibernian Cream, but the one that proved most popular was named Highland Cream, which was registered in 1884.

DIMENSIONS: 25.25 inches wide, 44.5 inches tall, 16.5 inches deep.
£985

Miniature 19th century Kingwood chest of drawers. ...

Item Ref
9247

A rare miniature piece of furniture, probably Maltese, kingwood veneered and inlaid, in excellent condition. Some old worm holes, but inactive.

DIMENSIONS: 11.25 inches tall, 11 inches wide, 7.75 inches deep.
PROVENANCE: from the longstanding collection of a French family now resident in Oxford.
£985

'Japanned' chair c.1700 - 15.

Item Ref
9143

This elegant chair is a fine example of the Queen Anne period c.1700; tall and elegant, it has the angled front legs the advent of which was the 1690s, and was an important new stage in English chair design. The fashionable life of the 'corner horsebone' leg was from the 1690s to about 1715.
This style of cane backed and seated chairs had represented a revolution in seating comfort, but with the disadvantage of fragility.
A surprising number of these chairs still exist (they were made in their thousands) but many are now suitable only for decorative purposes as woodworm, frequent recaning and damage to the joints and the tall backs have rendered them virtually unusable.
This one has been recaned, is sound and completely usable.

The chair is 'japanned', which was an English attempt to copy the very fashionable lacquered furniture being imported from the Orient. 'Japanning' was a prolonged, and therefore expensive, business. In the 1690s it was advised that 24 coats of seed-lac be applied, each one being allowed to dry before the next coat was applied, then polished, and then the gilt decoration to be painstakingly applied. This makes this chair really quite rare. Another unusual feature is the very decorative stretcher with a well turned finial.

DIMENSIONS: 53 inches tall, 18.5 inches at widest point. 19 inches deep.

PROVENANCE: In the Private Collection of a now retired Suffolk antiques dealer for the last 50 years.
£795

Cabriole legged mahogany chair c.1750.

Item Ref
9313

A good quality Georgian mahogany chair with elegant cabriole legs and a fine Gothic splat. Sturdy and sound, this chair is ready for another 270 years of use.

DIMENSIONS: 37.5 inches tall. Seat width 21.5 inches. Depth 16.5 inches.
PROVENANCE: A long standing collection from Stirling House, Salisbury (Image 6)
£495

Queen Anne/George I walnut bureau c. 1710/20. ...

Item Ref
8721

A good quality early 18th century walnut bureau of excellent colour and patination with fine figured veneers, cross banding and stringing.

The bureau has a lovely interior with a false floored secret compartment behind the door and two further secrets which are accessed by removing the drawers adjacent to reeded pilasters which flank the door; a concealed spring (one each side) can then be pressed which causes the bottom of the pilaster to slide forward and reveal a secret drawer (again one on each side). Such is the quality of this piece than even the secret drawers, not usually seen, are finely veneered.
(see images 4, 5 and 6).

The engraved brasses are original as are all the oak drawer linings.
Condition is good, although inevitably, after 300 years of use, there have been a few small areas of veneer repair and some long scratches to the left of the fall.

DIMENSIONS: 39.25 inches wide, 40.25 inches tall, 19.5 inches deep.
PROVENANCE: Private Collection, West Country, England.
£2,985

A good quality country Chippendale chair c.1760. ...

Item Ref
9314

An elegant and very usable mahogany chair c.1760, the splat and top rail in the fashionable Chippendale style. The front aspect of the chair has faded to a lovely honey colour, almost like walnut. This chair stood with its back to a window for many years and is bleached by the sun; regular application of linseed oil or a good wax polish would help to stop it looking so 'thirsty'.
DIMENSIONS: 37 inches tall, seat width 21 inches, depth 17 inches.
PROVENANCE:: A long standing collection from Stirling House, Salisbury, Wiltshire (Image 5)
£395

Two or Three Mahogany Chairs c.1750.

Item Ref
9317/9318

These fiddle back chairs are of good quality and excellent colour; dating from the mid 18th century, they are sound and stable, ready for everyday use. There is some old repair work, especially on chair 3. The repair work is good and sound, but could do with being ‘coloured in’ to match.
They can be sold separately, the best pair £95 the singleton £18.

DIMENSIONS: 38 inches tall x 24 inches seat width x seat depth 16 inches.
PROVENANCE: A North Somerset private collection for many years.
£113