With three Fine Furniture and six Interiors auctions held annually the department handles the full spectrum of the market, and possesses the well-earned reputation for being one of the leading regional furniture salerooms in the country, with broad experience in both the UK and internationally.
The Fine Furniture auctions feature rare antique furniture selected to interest a global audience.
The Interiors auctions will appeal to buyers with a passion for interior decorating as well as those looking for unique vintage items.
From antique furniture for the connoisseur collector to decorative objects for the home in period style, we offer pieces from a wide age range and across all price points, which can be acquired more competitively when compared with furniture offered on the high street.
A highlight from the forthcoming auction:
Fine Furniture, Carpets, Ceramics and Lighting, 27th June
This magnificent gonçalo alves mounted centre table dates from the second quarter of the 19th century and bears the retailer’s stamp EDWARDS & ROBERTS. The circular top features an engaged ropetwist edge, inlaid banding and a central marquetry rose; its triform base terminates in gilt brass scroll feet. Gonçalo alves, a hardwood, is sometimes referred to as tigerwood given the material’s dramatic, contrasting colour scheme, which is clearly evident in this fine piece.
The table can possibly be attributed to Edward Holmes Baldock (1777-1845) who traded as a ‘Furniture Broker and Appraiser’ and ‘Foreign China and Furniture Warehouseman’. His clients included George IV, the Duke of Northumberland, William Beckford and the 5th Duke of Buccleuch. He supported several cabinet making firms and marquetry specialists in order to fulfil his orders for fashionable Louis XIV and Louis XV style furniture. It is known that Baldock engaged leading maker George Trollope of Parliament Street, London, in 1830. Trollope fashioned himself as ‘Upholder, carver, gilder…to His Majesty’. However, it is also possible that the table was made by another London maker.
Edwards & Roberts was founded in 1845 and operated from premises at 21 Wardour Street, London. Primarily cabinet makers, the firm produced some of the finest furniture of the late Victorian and Edwardian era. By 1892 they occupied several buildings in Wardour Street and they continued to trade from here until the end of the century. Their marquetry work was of a quality equal to the French ébenistes of the 18th century and the business made and retailed their own output as well as adapting and restoring both English and Continental antique furniture.