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It can’t have escaped the notice of many that a single walnut and red leather easy chair by the Soho maker sold for a tub-thumping £42,000 as part of the Robert Kime sale at Dreweatts in October.

Authentic turn-of-the-century pieces are the most keenly sought but it is unlikely that this was anything other than a one-off price. Although it too was sourced by the vendor from Robert Kime, this example, stamped to the castors and a rear leg, comes for sale at Dreweatts’ November 2829 sale of Fine Furniture Sculpture, Carpets, Ceramics and Works of Art with a more modest guide of £1500-1800.


A late Victorian armchair ‘in the manner of’ Howard & Sons, estimate £100-150 at Auctioneum.

Chairs ‘in the manner of’ Howard & Sons are far more numerous and generally do not command the same sort of sums. Also pictured here is a recently upholstered armchair with mahogany elements that has a guide of £100-150 at Bristol firm Auctioneum on November 17.