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Indo-Portuguese furniture exports shine at auction in the UK

24 September 2018

Two early examples of Indo- Portuguese furniture sold for five-figure sums at auction this month.

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A Chinese chair to make bidders sit up

02 July 2018

Stuttgart auction house Nagel (33% buyer’s premium) held its summer sale of Asian art in Salzburg having acquired an impressive array of quality pieces from European and other collections.

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Charitable trust buys French rococo chairs for Chester museum collection

27 March 2018

A charitable trust has bought two pairs of 18th century French chairs from National Galleries of Scotland for a museum in Chester.

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Liddell and Lord Lucan lots impress at auction

12 March 2018

Dwarfed as they were by the £440,000 oil of St John the Evangelist (see ATG last week, No 2332), a number of other lots helped to make Holloway’s (20% buyer’s premium) first major sale of the year in Banbury on February 27 an event to remember.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

05 February 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Pick of the Week: Nelson’s chair of command

30 October 2017

The large pockets once inserted at the side of this leather armchair – now sealed up – give a clue to the role of the famous person who once sat on it. The chair’s nickname of ‘The Emma’ is another big hint.

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Brazilian plywood chair awarded 20th century design prize at PAD London

03 October 2017

A plywood chair made in 1949 has been named the best example of 20th century design at the PAD London fair, which opened yesterday.

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Finn Juhl furniture grabs the attention at Nordic Masters auction

29 September 2017

Works by the highly-regarded Danish designer Finn Juhl (1912-1989) secured the three top slots in Bruun Rasmussen’s Nordic Masters design sale held in Copenhagen this week.

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From the Coromandel Coast to the Wrexham exhibition

04 September 2017

A group of six Indo-European solid ebony chairs (sold for £26,000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium) at Dawson’s of Maidenhead on August 26. The buyer bidding online via thesaleroom.com was from the London trade.

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Christie’s to auction artworks from the late New York collector Paul F Walter

14 August 2017

Works from pioneering photography collector Paul F Walter will be auctioned at Christie’s next month.

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Pick of the Week: Charles Rennie Mackintosh ‘white bedroom’ chair bid to $470,000

12 June 2017

A very rare ebonised sycamore and canvas side chair designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Kate Cranston’s home sold for $470,000 (£362,000) at Sotheby’s New York last week.

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Sir Gordon Russell is the cheaper Cotswold School choice

10 April 2017

With the major names of the pioneers beyond the purses of most admirers of Cotswolds School furniture, works by Sir Gordon Russell are steady sellers and 16 pieces offered at Mallams (20% buyer’s premium) all found buyers on March 16.

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Unique variant of Paul Iribe’s Nautile armchair takes €180,000 in Paris

26 February 2016

Paul Iribe’s ‘Nautile’ armchair is one of the most striking proto-Art Deco designs, with its sleek swept-back lines and low armrests formed as a tight nautilus shell spiral.

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Unique seat of learning belonging to agricultural pioneer

18 July 2014

Born near Loughborough into a family of tenant farmers, Robert Bakewell (1725-95) is recognised as an important figure in the Agricultural Revolution – a pioneer of the grassland irrigation he saw while travelling in Europe and an innovator in the selective breeding of livestock.

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Barcelona chairs at Knowle sale

30 January 2014

Knowle Auction Rooms will offer this pair of tan leather Barcelona chairs at their next sale.

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Yorkshire cottage yields prize Arts and Crafts furniture

19 November 2012

Scarborough saleroom David Duggleby posted a house record for furniture when a suite of oak Arts and Crafts furniture from the workshop of Cotswold School cabinet maker Peter Waals (1870-1937) sold as a single lot for £31,000 at their latest auction.

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Windsors return to West Wycombe

30 April 2012

THERE can be few more instantly recognisable forms in English furniture than the Windsor chair. Since the early 1970s, Michael Harding-Hill has been well known as an authority on the subject, publishing ‘Windsor Chairs, An Illustrated Celebration’, a book which pictures many examples that passed through his hands over many decades as a dealer.

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Low seat, high price

30 January 2012

THE Oak Sale at Bonhams Chester is not the obvious place to find a 16th century Indo-Portuguese chair. Hiding in plain sight at the January 19 auction of predominantly British vernacular design was a rare survivor.

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Seat of power – where Wellington stood to watch Napoleon’s defeat

30 January 2012

AT Waterloo, Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) is supposed to have directed the battle from a position near the crossroads of the Brussels and Ohain roads.

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A comprehensive history of Welsh bardic chairs

07 November 2009

FOLLOWING on from his magnum opus on the Welsh dresser, Carmarthenshire dealer Richard Bebb has turned his attention to the history of another quintessentially Welsh form, the ceremonial bardic chairs traditionally awarded to the winning poets at an Eisteddfod.