Fine Furniture, Paintings, Works of Art & Cermaics

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The Lygo collection of oak furniture will be offered in Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions' Fine Furniture, Works of Art & Ceramics sale on Wednesday 4th June 2014 at the Donnington Priory Saleroom in Berkshire

Comprising 58 lots, the Lygo Collection demonstrates the Lygo family's highly discerning taste and passion for gathering some of the finest examples of oak furniture of the period.

A Charles II oak panel back armchair, circa 1660 opens the collection and is estimated at £3,000-5,000. An almost identical example is housed in the collection of the Tudor-Jacobean mansion, Temple Newsam House, on the outskirts of Leeds, Yorkshire. Now owned by the National Trust, Temple Newsam House holds some of the most comprehensive collections of paintings, furniture, silver, ceramics and textiles outside of London. [Lot 84]

Other unusual items in the collection include a Charles I oak and inlaid hanging mural cupboard, circa 1630, estimated at £12,000-18,000 [Lot 112] and an Elizabeth I boarded oak stool, circa 1580, estimated at £5,000-7,000 a href="">[Lot 135]

Elsewhere in the sale is a 20th century Meissen 22 piece Monkey Band anthropomorphically modelled after the originals by Johann Jocahim Kändler, one of the most important modeller of Meissen porcelain. The charming group is estimated at £5,000-7,000 [Lot 184]

Further Highlights

Willem van de Velde the Younger (1633-1707) Firing salutes in the shallows, Oil on canvas. Signed with initials and dated 1684 lower right 62.5 x 86.5 cm (24 1/2 x 34 in) Provenance: Acquired by Mr. William Tennant circa 1795, thence by descent. [Lot 17] Est. £18,000-25,000

A George II carved giltwood console table, circa 1750, in the manner of Matthias Lock, 84cm high, 106cm wide, 60cm deep [Lot 159] Est. £3,000-5,000

A Chinese export reverse painted wall mirror , circa 1770, 45cm high, 59cm wide [Lot 177] Est. £2,000-3,000

A George III mahogany library desk, circa 1790, attributed to Gillows of Lancaster, 92cm high, 122cm wide, 66cm deep. [Lot 213] Est. £3,000-5,000

A group of five Ottoman enamelled copper Covered Dishes (sahan) from the Suleymaniye Workshop Constantinople, late 18th Century.


The Ottoman Empire first developed a taste for European enamelled decoration in the 16th century, sparked by the chronomania that swept Europe in this and the following centuries. In 18th century Constantinople, copper objects such as covered dishes and bowls, cups and saucers, cup-stands and snuff boxes were often decorated with enamel. This group of wares, with their distinctive lively colours and floral decoration, are thought to have been made in workshops in the neighbouring streets of the Suleymaniye Mosque. Provenance: The property of a lady of title. [Lot 169] Est. £8,000-12,000

A George II mahogany clothes press, circa 1750, 204cm high, 132cm wide, 66cm deep. The press being offered bears several similar design attributes to the example offered at Christie's which was considered to be part of a group attributable to the maker Giles Grendey.

Giles Grendey (d.1780), cabinet-maker of St. John's Square, Clerkenwell, London ran a substantial business from 1726. Grendey was made Master of the Joiners' Company in 1766. Described at the time of his wife's death as a 'great Dealer in the Cabinet way', in 1755 at the time of his daughter's marriage to the Royal cabinet-maker John Cobb he was called an 'eminent Timber Merchant'. [Lot 163]Est. £1,500-2,000

The sale will be held at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions' Donnington Priory saleroom in Berkshire on Wednesday 4th June 2014 with viewing from Saturday 31st May 2014. The catalogue is available to view online at


Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are a UK 'top 5' auctioneer of fine art and collectibles. As part of Stanley Gibbons we are the only UK stock-exchange listed firm of auctioneers and occupy the same stable as coin specialists Baldwin's, and Frasers Autograph's. Established in 1759, we have the broadest and most regular calendar of specialist catalogued sales in the industry, numbering over 150 per annum, and provide vendors and buyers alike access to market-leading specialist advice in any number of collecting fields. We operate from salerooms in Donnington Priory (near Newbury), London's Mayfair, Bristol and Godalming.

Donnington Priory - 22nd May 2014