Attendees at a Cotswolds auction were left amazed when a Wainscot chair sold for 20 times its original estimate.
On March 31 at Moore Allen & Innocent auction house in Cirencester, the chair was included in the auction as part of one lot, along with a nest of coffee tables made of walnut, and a Victorian antique chair, made of mahogany. The estimated value had been placed between £50 and £80 for the lot. Within the auction catalogue, the description for the chair had been penned by valuer Philip Allwood, who described it as ‘very rickety’ and noted several scuffs and marks.
The successful bidder went on to purchase another Wainscot chair, which was also sold at a price which exceeded the original estimate. The chairs sold for £980 and £550 respectively. Although Wainscot chairs were common during early 17th-Century England, they were very uncomfortable due to having a flat seat and back, and no upholstery.
Another successful sale was a bronze sculpture of a frog riding a hare, which brought a few smiles to the faces of the auction attendees. The sculpture sold for £400, which was in line with the estimate. Cirencester adopted Lepus Europaeus as an emblem, following the discovery of a Roman hare mosaic from the 4th Century, found in 1971. Every two years, a hare sculpture trail takes place in Cirencester, raising funds for charity.
Although the antique chairs may not be the most comfortable, they may be used in a modern setting, perhaps with cushions to aid comfort.
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