This November, we have our two-day auction of Fine Furniture, Sculpture, Carpets, Ceramics and Works of Art, taking place on Tuesday 28 & Wednesday 29 November. The auction features a magnificent range of items with pieces by true master makers, as well as items with wonderful provenance having once furnished stately homes and country houses. Here we take a look at some of the highlights.
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An outstanding Regency mahogany side cabinet
Attributed to Gillows of Lancaster and London, circa 1815, Lot 274 is an outstanding Regency mahogany side cabinet with impressive provenance. This exceptional plinth-supported Library Commode of beautifully figured and carved mahogany shares many similarities to a suite of commode cabinets supplied to Mere Hall in Cheshire by Gillows in 1815.
A label within the interior reads 'The Property of the Trustees of the Will of ARTHUR GEORGE EARL OF ONSLOW', confirming that it was previously part of the furnishings of Clandon Park House, a grade I listed Palladian mansion in Surrey. The cabinet is of extraordinarily high quality, which alongside its attribution to Gillows, results in this cabinet being a highly impressive piece.
Lot 274: An important Regency mahogany side cabinet, attributed to Gillows of Lancaster and London, circa 1815 | Est. £10,000-20,000 (+ fees)
An antique Ziegler Mahal carpet
Also included in Day One of the sale, we have Lot 9, an antique Ziegler Mahal carpet of 17th century Polonaise design, circa 1890. This carpet is associated with a group of weavings originally commissioned in Persia for the European market during the late 19th century by the company Ziegler & Co., to compliment Western furnishing tastes. These quickly became popular across the UK and Europe, thanks to their unique, grand scale drawings, quiet formality, and understated colours - this example borrows design characteristics from earlier ‘Polonaise’ carpets of the 17th century, produced as high-value diplomatic gifts for the European aristocracy.
Lot 9: An antique Ziegler Mahal carpet, of 17th century Polonaise design, circa 1890 | Est. £10,000-15,000 (+ fees)
A George III satinwood and rosewood cabinet on stand
Highly unusual and of exceptional quality, Lot 239 is a George III satinwood and rosewood cabinet on stand, circa 1780. It is inset with sixteen Chinese carved stone and bamboo panels of the Qianlong Period (1736-1795), with the central cupboard door opening to two shaped graduated shelves.
Attributable to the prestigious London cabinet makers Ince & Mayhew, the inclusions of earlier decorative elements (of very fine quality and cultural interest) is seen in many of the firms pieces held in museums and stately homes around the world.
Lot 239: A George III satinwood and rosewood cabinet on stand, attributed to Ince & Mayhew, circa 1780 | Est. £6,000-8,000 (+ fees)
A George I Burr walnut and parcel gilt girandole mirror
From the 18th century, Lot 34 is a George I burr walnut and parcel gilt girandole mirror, dating to circa 1720. In a largely untouched and original condition, this is a superior and highly attractive example of its type. In particular, the exceptionally fine burr walnut veneers are a delight to see first hand.
Lot 34: A George I burr walnut and parcel gilt girandole mirror, circa 1720 | Est. £5,000-7,000 (+ fees)
A carved marble group 'Sisters of Bethany'
Lot 542 of the auction is a carved marble group titled Sisters of Bethany, by John Warrington Wood (1839-1886), dated 1876. Depicting the scene as told in the Gospel of John, chapter 11, Martha is seen entreating her sister to meet with Christ, with the imminent resurrection of their brother Lazarus to follow. It is signed, inscribed and dated in cursive script on rear of the chair "J. WARRINGTON WOOD Sculpt Rome 1876", with the plinth inscribed: "SISTERS OF BETHANY, THE MASTER IS COME AND CALLETH FOR THEE".
Lot 542: John Warrington Wood (1839-1886) A carved marble group 'Sisters of Bethany', dated 1876 | Est. £7,000 - 10,000 (+ fees)
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Tuesday 28 & Wednesday 29 November | 10.30am GMT
Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2JE
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