Work From Home Wish List | Office essentials from our forthcoming sales

Work From Home Wish List | Office essentials from our forthcoming sales

Work From Home Wish List | Office essentials from our forthcoming sales

Antiques have the ability to completely transform a space, and as the world adjusts to working remotely, our homes may benefit from a little transformation. Turning the kitchen table into a comfortable workspace which inspires concentration and productivity is no easy feat.

If you are in need of some inspiration for a new way of working that may well continue after this current period of isolation, then look no further. We have rounded up our top ten favourite items from Dreweatts’ forthcoming auctions to help you turn your home into a creativity-boosting workspace, so you can stay inside and still get the job done.

1. A William IV mahogany partners pedestal desk, by Gillows

This partners desk by the renowned Lancastrian workshop of Gillows is not only undeniably timeless and classic in its design, but its relatively modest proportions ensure this is a functional and manageable piece of furniture which would be at home in both smaller and larger interiors.

Inline Image - Lot 217: A William IV mahogany partners pedestal desk, by Gillows, circa 1835, Est. £1,000-1,500 (+fees) | Fine Furniture, Sculpture, Carpets and Ceramics
Lot 217: A William IV mahogany partners pedestal desk, by Gillows, circa 1835, Est. £1,000-1,500 (+fees) | Fine Furniture, Sculpture, Carpets and Ceramics

2. A Continental gilt bronze and onyx inkwell, early 20th century, most likely Russian

This large inkwell instantly dresses up a desk with its vibrant green onyx base. In addition to hiding a clever ink basin underneath its snout, this whimsical bear is a real conversation starter, not to mention a friendly companion in the absence of colleagues.

Inline Image - Lot 223: A Continental gilt bronze and onyx inkwell, early 20th century, most likely Russian, Est. £1,200-1,800 (+fees) | Interiors: Day One
Lot 223: A Continental gilt bronze and onyx inkwell, early 20th century, most likely Russian, Est. £1,200-1,800 (+fees) | Interiors: Day One

3. A George IV mahogany bergere library armchair, circa 1825

This canework armchair could be considered a handsome ancestor of modern and decidedly duller looking ergonomic office furniture. The elegantly curved backrest and handy casters ensure comfort and mobility all at once.

Inline Image - Lot 199: A George IV mahogany bergere library armchair, circa 1825, Est. £600-800 (+fees) | Fine Furniture, Sculpture, Carpets and Ceramics
Lot 199: A George IV mahogany bergere library armchair, circa 1825, Est. £600-800 (+fees) | Fine Furniture, Sculpture, Carpets and Ceramics

4. A pair of French gilt and lacquered metal candlesticks in Louis Philippe taste refitted as table lamps

Add atmospheric lighting to your workspace with a pair of decorative table lamps. The present examples are adapted from candlesticks and add a touch of Louis Philippe style gravitas with their strong paw feet and dark, lacquered finish.

Inline Image - Lot 259: A pair of French gilt and lacquered metal candlesticks in Louis Philippe taste refitted as table lamps, Est. £600-800 (+fees) | Interiors: Day Two
Lot 259: A pair of French gilt and lacquered metal candlesticks in Louis Philippe taste refitted as table lamps, Est. £600-800 (+fees) | Interiors: Day Two

5. A George IV tortoiseshell and mother-of-pearl inlaid tea caddy, circa 1825

No better excuse for a tea break than this tortoiseshell caddy, which is inlaid with floral designs as fine and delicate as the tea leaves themselves. 

Inline Image - Lot 186: A George IV tortoiseshell and mother-of-pearl inlaid tea caddy, circa 1825, Est. £500-700 (+fees) | Fine Furniture, Sculpture, Carpets and Ceramics
Lot 186: A George IV tortoiseshell and mother-of-pearl inlaid tea caddy, circa 1825, Est. £500-700 (+fees) | Fine Furniture, Sculpture, Carpets and Ceramics

6. A Louis XVI walnut and upholstered wing armchair, late 18th century, upholstered in 'Fuchsia' pattern by Colefax & Fowler

This inviting armchair would make a cozy spot for reading anything from work emails to a good book. Its light, colourful upholstery by Colefax and Fowler gives the 18th century frame a fresh twist, bringing it into the contemporary interior.

Inline Image - Lot 94: A Louis XVI walnut and upholstered wing armchair, late 18th century, upholstered in 'Fuchsia' pattern by Colefax & Fowler, Est, £800-1,200 (+fees) | Fine Furniture, Sculpture, Carpets and Ceramics
Lot 94: A Louis XVI walnut and upholstered wing armchair, late 18th century, upholstered in 'Fuchsia' pattern by Colefax & Fowler, Est, £800-1,200 (+fees) | Fine Furniture, Sculpture, Carpets and Ceramics

7. A stained hardwood, probably elm, commemorative portrait relief panel of Field Marshal Sir Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, after Peter Rouw (1770-1852), circa 1820

Great minds think alike. Channel the strategic mind of the Iron Duke with this elm portrait relief plaque, to tackle the pressing tasks of the day.

Inline Image - Lot 218: A stained hardwood, probably elm, commemorative portrait relief panel of Field Marshal Sir Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, after Peter Rouw (1770-1852), circa 1820, Est. £600-800 (+fees) | Fine Furniture, Sculpture, Carpets and Ceramics
Lot 218: A stained hardwood, probably elm, commemorative portrait relief panel of Field Marshal Sir Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, after Peter Rouw (1770-1852), circa 1820, Est. £600-800 (+fees) | Fine Furniture, Sculpture, Carpets and Ceramics

8. A pair of French patinated bronze models of Cupid and Psyche as infants, last quarter 19th century

These two versatile bronzes add a playful element to your office space and are the perfect size for a desk, library table or even a bookshelf or mantelpiece.

Inline Image - Lot 437: A pair of French patinated bronze models of Cupid and Psyche as infants, last quarter 19th century, Est. £600-800 (+fees) | Interiors: Day Two
Lot 437: A pair of French patinated bronze models of Cupid and Psyche as infants, last quarter 19th century, Est. £600-800 (+fees) | Interiors: Day Two

9. A Victorian coromandel games box or 'Royal Cabinet of Games' compendium, circa 1860

Keep your brain muscles active with a variety of board games to enjoy at home, including chess, chequers and dominoes. This inventive coromandel casket with its hidden trays and compartments may have been the work of Leuchars, the renowned London-based 19th century games company, who are known to have produced a compendium of this type.

Inline Image - Lot 239: A Victorian coromandel games box or 'Royal Cabinet of Games' compendium, circa 1860, Est. £800-1,200 (+fees) | Fine Furniture, Sculpture, Carpets and Ceramics
Lot 239: A Victorian coromandel games box or 'Royal Cabinet of Games' compendium, circa 1860, Est. £800-1,200 (+fees) | Fine Furniture, Sculpture, Carpets and Ceramics

10. A heavy baluster wine glass, first quarter 18th century

Finally, it is important to stay hydrated while working from home. This heavy baluster glass or goblet is a true collector’s item due to its large proportions, but if we are honest we also see its potential for an end of day happy hour.

Inline Image - Lot 48: A heavy baluster wine glass, first quarter 18th century, Est. 700-900 (+fees) | Interiors: Day One
Lot 48: A heavy baluster wine glass, first quarter 18th century, Est. 700-900 (+fees) | Interiors: Day One

AUCTION DETAILS 
Due to current UK government guidelines, the auctions referenced in this article have been postponed (new dates TBC).  Please keep an eye on our website for further details and updates.

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Auction postponed: Fine and Rare Wine and Spirits

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