Fine Furniture at Dreweatts

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Donnington Priory -Following the recent success of single owner and estate sales at Dreweatts' Donnington Priory saleroom this year, the auctioneer presents their first Fine Furniture, Painting, Works of Art and Ceramics sale of 2015, to be held on Wednesday 15th April. Having selected the finest pieces from private consignors, Dreweatts has created a catalogue of interesting and unique pieces designed to complement each other. The auction invites buyers to challenge certain perceptions in the current market and invest in museum quality pieces with style and provenance.

The front cover lot is a George III mahogany serpentine Kneehole desk, circa 1760, similar in design to the commode dressing tables of Thomas Chippendale. This desk was formerly part of the collection of Lord Plender, a distinguished collector of English furniture and a close friend of R.W. Symonds, the pre-eminent furniture historian who published widely on the subject in the early 20th century. Plender's desk is pictured in Symonds' book; Masterpieces of English Furniture and Clocks, 1940, page 41, fig.29, where it is confirmed as being part of the collection of Lord Plender, G.B.E. It was given to the current owner's grandfather on Lord Plender's death and is estimated at £15,000-25,000 [Lot 492].

Collectors of 18th Century furniture will also appreciate a harewood, mahogany and marquetry serpentine commode, circa 1770 in the style of Pierre Langlois. Langlois was one of the most renowned cabinet makers of his time, his inlaid and ormolu furniture influenced the cabinet makers of 18th century London and defined fashions. This piece with its classic overall design, marquetry and high quality mounts in the makers style is estimated at £15,000-20,000 [Lot 494].

Representing a marriage of English and Indian design and demonstrating the breadth of pieces on offer in the sale is an ivory veneer sandalwood table top chest, from late 18th century Vizagapatam. On the east coast of India, Vizagapatam was the centre of artisan wood and ivory work worldwide. Often reminiscent of classic British style, pieces from this area are amongst the finest of the period, and survivors combine both styles and craftsmanship of east and west. [Lot 504, estimate £5,000-7,000].

Closing the sale is a companion pair of Victorian satinwood and marquetry library bookcases, circa 1840 commissioned for the 2nd Marquees of Bute. The bookcases are believed to have been made by Banting, France & Company for the Marquees' London house, which he used whilst in London as a Member of Parliament. Banting, France & Company worked extensively for the Royal family and this pair attributed to them are estimated at £10,000-15,000 [Lot 517].


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 - 27th March 2015