The furniture market,although still very selective, does sometimes see pieces bucking that trend.
This was proved at a recent auction of antiques at Ibbett Mosely’s Sevenoaks Auction Rooms in Argyle Road.
The piece of furniture in question was a George III inlaid mahogany dressing chest, which would have been used by an English Gentleman during the eighteenth century. This example had seen better days,having been bought by the vendor’s father for the princely sum of £100 in the 1930s, and got himself in some considerable trouble with his wife upon bringing it home. The top drawer would originally have been fitted with a small adjustable shaving mirror, along with various compartments in which would be placed things like shaving items, pocket watch and items of jewellery, hair brushes, any perfumes, and other items that were essential for the well groomed gentlemen of the period. This interior had disappeared over the years but, it didn’t deter any bidders on the day.
Because the rest of the piece was still very good quality, and possibly attributable to a fine maker, it sold to one of several bidders in the room and on the telephone for £12,200. Probably as much, if not more, than would have been achieved in a London Saleroom.