December’s Interiors Sale is just around the corner. In preparation for the festive period, we asked our Interiors specialist Ashley Matthews to choose five lots from the sale that would make memorable Christmas gifts.
Gift 1: Eames lounge chair and ottoman
1960s Charles and Ray Eames designed lounge chair and ottoman
If you’re planning a relaxing Christmas in front of the fire, then lot 64 might just be the perfect gift.
This 1960s Charles and Ray Eames designed chair and ottoman offers timeless style and a superior level of comfort. The plywood shells are laminated with rosewood, and both the ottoman and the chair are upholstered in premium black buttoned leather.
Ashley expects the matching set, produced for Herman Miller furniture company in the US, to achieve between £800-1,000 (+fees).
Gift 2: Mid-20th century rocking horse
Lot 66: Mid-20th century rocking horse
Lot 66 of the Interiors Sale is a mid-20th century rocking horse that’s sure to bring joy to children - and admiring adults - come Christmas morning.
This classic rocking horse features a beautiful painted wood finish. Genuine horse hair is used for both the mane and tail, while a padded saddle ensures a comfortable ride for the lucky owner.
Ashley expects this thoroughbred rocking horse to achieve between £700-1,000 (+fees).
Gift 3: Gilt brass ‘Atmos’ timepiece by Jaeger-LeCoultre
Lot 62: 1970s ‘Atmos’ timepiece by Jaeger-LeCoultre
Lot 62 is an elegant ‘Atmos’ timepiece by Jaeger-LeCoultre. This Swiss-made clock would make an eye-catching statement on the mantelpiece above a roaring festive fire.
Made in the 1970s, the clock features a single train movement, wound via the expansion and contraction of an aneroid chamber mounted to the rear of the mechanism.
The clock features multiple ‘Jaeger LeCoultre, Atmos, Swiss Made’ signatures, and Ashley believes this elegant, understated piece will achieve £500-700(+fees) at December’s sale.
Gift 4: A pair of engraved decanters of nautical interest
Lot 126: a pair of beautiful nautical-themed decanters
If there’s a time of year when a pair of beautiful nautical-themed decanters will be of use, it’s Christmas!
Lot 126 features a pair of commemorative club-shaped decanters, each engraved with a ship with reefed sails set and inscribed, ‘Success to the ship Catherine’.
The decanters are both 21 cm high and are presented with the original matching stoppers. To take home these decanters for the sailing enthusiast in your life, Ashley expects you’ll likely have to pay £250-350 (+fees).
Gift 5: Twelve prints from Cassell’s Canaries and Cage Birds
Lot 259: Twelve prints depicting species of parakeets, starlings and other wonderfully colourful birds
If you’ve a budding ornithologist in the family, then lot 259 could be the quirky Christmas present you’ve been looking for.
The twelve colour prints were first published in Cassell’s Canaries and Cage Birds in the late 19th century, to designs by William Rutledge. Each print depicts various species of parakeets, starlings and other wonderfully colourful birds.
The prints are framed and glazed, ready to grace the walls of the lucky recipient’s home.
Ashley has given the prints a pre-sale estimate of £250-350 (+fees).
If any of these pieces have caught your eye, you can view the full catalogue and descriptions for December’s Interiors Sale here.
Online bidding is available for the Interiors Sale on 11 December. To place bids online, you must create a Dreweatts account and then register for the sale.
AUCTION DATE & LOCATION
Wednesday 11 December | 10.30am
Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2JE
Monday 9 December: 9am-5.30pm
Tuesday 10 December: 9am-4.30pm
Day of sale: from 8.30am