Furniture brown and out no more

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BROWN furniture looks set to provide some of the stand-out lots at the first Dee, Atkinson and Harrison antique and fine art sale of the year.

The furniture section comprises almost 90 lots dating from the 17th Century onwards.

Highlights include an early 18th Century yew wood chest of drawers estimated £8,000 to £12,000 and a Regency rosewood desk at £4,000 to £5,000.

A small collection of French furniture includes a sofa, armchairs, salon chairs, beds, a parquetry pedestal desk and mirrors.

The auction will be held on Friday, February 15, starting at 9.45am and contains just under 500 lots, starting with a smaller than usual silver section of 27 lots.

The Highest estimate is for a collection of 14 sets of Danish Christmas spoons from the 1970’s/80’s – weighing in at 41ozs and expected to make £580 to £650. The remaining lots include candlesticks, teaware, condiments, cased and loose cutlery, smoking accessories and a cup bearing a 1909 inscription from Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Christian.

There are just over 100 lots of jewellery, coins and watches, with estimates from £30 to £5,500. Gold coins included sovereigns, half sovereigns and Georgian guineas and a gentleman’s 18ct gold Breitling wristwatch has the joint highest estimate of the auction at £8,000 to £12,000.

The metals section contains various bronze figures, numerous Victorian brass candlesticks, a 1930’s cold painted spelter table lighter as a racehorse and jockey and a quantity of fire side accessories including an Arts and Crafts style embossed copper fire screen expected to realise £100 to £150. There are Georgian thread work pictures, a sampler and a Pakistan carpet in the textiles section.

Approximately 60 miscellaneous lots are led by an early 20th Century Saxony cello at £1000 to £1500 and a French pernambuco bow at £600 to £800. There is a 19th Century cabinet maker’s tool chest at £600 to £800 and a good selection of woodworking tools.

Ceramics contains a good collection of 19th Century blue/white transfer printed wares, along with Chinese and Japanese pottery and porcelain, including a large Cantonese bowl and table lamp each estimated at £500 to £800

The highlight of a small glass section is a Daum Nancy salmon pink vase with gilded raised flowers and leaves and French inscription, expected to realise £300 to £400.

The objets d’art lots include two Chinese carved stone items – a soapstone figure of Guan Yin and a jade peach cup both estimated at £800 to £1,000, a World War I Peace Commemorative ivory baton and a Chinese travelling set of six silver lined carved wooden beakers.

A six lot clock section contains two longcase clocks, a Vienna style wall clock, a French three piece garniture de cheminee and two mercury barometers.

Pictures conclude the sale with a small quantity of prints followed by watercolours including local maritime works by Harry Hudson Rodmell, Colin Verity and David Bell, a Scottish landscape by Arthur Strachan and a pencil sketch by Dame Laura Knight. 17th Century and later oil paintings include a Flemish School battle scene, a French School Gainsborough style portrait, a Venetian canal scene by Antonio Paoletti and a still life study of a bowl of flowers on a table by Frederick William Elwell which carries the highest estimate in the picture section at £3000 to £4000.

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