Edinburgh auctioneer Lyon & Turnbull have announced they are to sell the contents of Blair House, Ayrshire in March 2012. Among the items going under the hammer is a set of 26 antique dining chairs , worth an estimated £15,000 – 25,000 each.
Lyon & Turnbull recently hit the headlines when a rare Italian vase went under the hammer for £350,000, at their fine antiques sale on December 7th. Furniture also fared well, with one rare Chinese side table realising £15,000. A fine parquetry German bombe commode, circa 1760, saw the hammer fall at £34,000, against an upper estimate of £12,000. However, not all antique marquetry furniture fared as well: an Italian penwood antique dining table by Almerico Gargiulo, estimated to be worth £20,000 – 30,000, and a French Kingwood Marquetry Secretaire Cabinet (estimate £15000 – 20000) both went unsold, perhaps because they were late Victorian. Of relevance to Lancashire was a small antique bookcase, attributed to Gillows, which had a hammer price of £7000. Among the antique dining tables , one large Victorian example realised £4000 against an upper estimate of £1500.
Yet how about antique dining chairs? One 12-piece set of George III chairs with reeded vase-shaped splats sold for £5000 against an upper estimate of £3000, while a set of gothic Victorian dining chairs bearing the Lowther Castle crest realised £3600, although this fell short of the lower estimate.
You will find a wide selection of antique tables and Victorian dining chairs in Preston. Whether the antique dealers place any bids at Blair Castle remains to be seen.
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