A private collection of antiques which belong to John Penrose, the ex-husband of Anne Robinson, will be sold at auction on January 28 and 29. The sale will include antique furniture, a dessert service that previously belonged to the owner of the Rob Walker Racing Team and a pair of antler electroliers.
The electroliers were introduced to replace gasoliers, which were used at that time to provide lighting in houses. As electricity started to be used for lighting at the turn of the century, the electroliers were installed. To describe the wonders of electric light, Mrs J.E.H Gordon wrote in 1891:
“Showing up every wrinkle and line in the face. No one over the age of 18 should be asked to sit beneath such a light!”
The estimated value of the electroliers is £500 to £700. The collection is eclectic, as described by Penrose himself. He has spent more than 50 years dealing in antiques and has been the chairman of The Discerning Eye, a charity based in the UK, since 2007. An antique dressing table will also be included in the sale – a mahogany piece from the Georgian period valued at £600 to £800.
Purchases made at the auction will include a buyer’s premium in addition to the sale price. It may be possible to find excellent pieces of antique furniture, like antique dining tables , in Lancashire, where a number of reputable dealers can be found. Items may be lower in price at a dealer than at auction.
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