Something for everyone - Furniture & Works of Art Sale (23rd March)

Dreweatts’ early spring sale of Furniture, Works of Art, Rugs and Carpets on 23rd March has something for everyone.

Amongst the highlights is the cover lot which is a striking late 17th century Dutch walnut and marquetry centre table (lot 301), inlaid with bone and specimen marquetry of an urn filled with various flowers and confronting birds; this charming waved edge rectangular table also has spiral turned legs and is estimated £5,000-7,000.

Last year Dreweatts sold a centre table with a stamp from Windsor Castle which made a resounding £49,400 (excluding premium) and now, with all things royal having an extra appeal, Dreweatts it is offering a circa 1825 George IV mahogany washstand (lot 234) with the royal stamp ‘VR 1866 Windsor Castle, Room 546’ above a crown. It is unusual in that the hinged top opens to reveal a fitted interior of Masons Ironstone pottery wash accessories, above a pair of cupboards opening to three drawers. It is not expected to fetch the dizzy heights of its predecessor and has an estimate of £800-1,200.

A handsome Continental kingwood and parquetry serpentine commode (lot 305) of circa 1770 of a delicate blond colour with a moulded edge and two drawers is estimated £2,000-3,000. Cabinets of curiosities were once the pinnacle of fashion for gentlemen’s libraries and this sale has an elegant Regency tulipwood veneered mahogany table cabinet (lot 1) with eight drawers housing plaster intaglio casts; it is offered with a £2,000-3,000 estimate.

The sale has various pairs of attractive chairs such as the George III mahogany tapering backed, gadrooned hall chairs (lot 161) circa 1800 or the pair of Regency rosewood salon chairs (lot 201), in the manner of Gillows with scroll and patera carved and pierced backs, both pairs are estimated £400-600.

Amongst the lighting is a pair of mid 19th century Louis Philippe patinated and parcel-gilt bronze twin figural candelabra of standing amorinos (lot 67) holding faceted glass pendant lustres, and another three-branched similar candelabrum also with an amorino. This elegant group carries an estimate of £700-1,000.

Since contemporary fashion is for wooden floors in flats and houses, rather than wall to wall carpeting, rugs and carpets are becoming increasingly sought after. A particularly decorative piece is the part silk Kashan rug (lot 100), woven with flowers in muted autumnal colours it is expected to fetch £2,000-3,000.

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For further information on the sale, please call Dreweatts’ Donnington Priory Salerooms on 01635 553553 or email

Dreweatts - 08 March 2011