22 Apr 2021
November 9, 2012 - Filed under: Antique Marquetry Furniture — Richard

An outstanding collection of antique dining chairs , open bookcases and other 18th century antiques amassed by the late Dr R. Allison of Quarndon realised £500,000 – in a sale that the auctioneer described as the finest he had undertaken in his career.

Dr Robert Campbell Allison (d. 1993) was the first career anaesthetist in Southern Derbyshire, who rose through the ranks to become head of his own department. His other passion was fine antiques, particularly 18th century furniture, which he purchased as and when he could afford it. After his wife died earlier this year, the family gave permission for the Allison collection to be sold, and what the valuers discovered exceeded all expectations. In what was described as a “treasure trove” of a house, the auctioneers uncovered one of the finest collections ever seen in Derbyshire, representative of the designs commissioned for the grand country houses of 18th and 19th Century Lancashire.

Among the antique chests, open bookcases and other fine furniture was a mahogany inlaid occasional table made to a Thomas Chippendale design, which realised £16,500 against an upper estimate of just £900. Other highlights included a George III secretaire antique bookcase, sold for £20,500 (est. £4,000 – £6,000), and a serpentine bachelor antique chest which went under the hammer for £17,500 (est. £3,000 – £5,000). Among the older pieces, a 17th Century oak stool, created well before antique dining chairs became fashionable, realised £1,000 – five times its upper estimate.

Good quality antique dining tables and open bookcases can be found in Preston. Visit an antique dealer, where the prices are free of buyers’ commission and other unexpected extras.

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