The web shop window: Elizabeth I oak coffer

31 May 2021

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.


Dorset country house auction takes over £1m

14 October 2019

Last week’s on-the-premises sale at Athelhampton House in Dorset was a near sell-out with a hammer price of close to £1.2m.


Oxford’s Bodleian Library buys 500-year-old book-box from Paris dealer

24 January 2019

The University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries has acquired a rare 15th-century French Gothic coffer – one of the largest-surviving examples of a late medieval box used for transporting precious books.

Bonhams oak coffer

Oak coffer boosted by rare form and excellent condition at Bonhams' sale

26 September 2017

The highlight of Bonhams’ latest sale of oak furniture in London was a joined coffer made in the West Country and dating from 1609.

Sidney Barnsley coffer

Sidney Barnsley furniture from maker’s family sells for over £30,000 at Salisbury auction

05 July 2016

Five pieces of furniture consigned from direct descendants of architect and craftsman Sidney Barnsley (1865-1926) drew bidders’ attention at Woolley & Wallis’ latest Arts and Crafts sale in Salisbury.


A £52,000 mystery solved

29 November 2010

LIGHT has been shed on the £52,000 price tag awarded an oak and gilt-bronze coffer on stand at a Sworders Interiors sale.

Quality touches lift furniture bids

02 June 2004

GIVEN the bob-a-long prices for run-of-the-mill furniture at auction, the fact that 917 offerings at Lawrences of Bletchingley's (12.5% buyer's premium) 2861-lot April 27-29 sale were furniture didn’t bode well for the three-day outing.

Half of sale gets away from trade as new buyers show confidence

23 March 2004

ARE there any corners of Britain where the trade can enjoy an old-fashioned auction without the intrusion of confident private buyers? If so, Abergavenny is no longer one of them.

Trade spot underrated coffer

09 March 2004

DEALERS are always looking out for a seriously undercatalogued lot and at Amersham Auction Rooms (15% buyer’s premium) on February 5 they found one.

From coffins to coffers…

13 August 2002

CYPRESS wood was more commonly used for coffins than coffers in medieval times, but this Charles I example, right, showed why the Mediterranean hardwood was a popular medium for domestic furnishings.