17 Aug 2019
August 15, 2013 - Filed under: History of Antiques — David

The International Fine Art and Antique Dealers show in New York will feature a sofa which belonged to the first Earl Spencer. The fair was established in 1989 and attracts some of the top antiques dealers in the world. The sofa dates back to mid-18th Century and has an estimated value of £550,000.

During the 18th Century, the 1st Earl Spencer employed interior designer James ‘Athenian’ Stuart to design the family home, Spencer House. Among the furnishings was a suite of furniture – which included the sofa –produced by John Gordon, who was an upholsterer and cabinet maker. It is believed that the seat furniture was transferred to Althorp in Northamptonshire where Diana, Princess of Wales, was raised.

In 1847, the suite was reportedly returned to Spencer House before being taken back to Althorp in 1874. From 1892, photographs show the suite in several rooms, with a photo indicating the sofa in 1921. The suite was upholstered in 1911 using red fabric. The sofa was made in the 1750s or 1760s, displaying a Neo-Classical design which is thought by some to be a collaboration between John Gordon and James ‘Athenian’ Stuart.

The fair will commence Friday 25th October and will end on Thursday 31st October. Although the sofa will undoubtedly attract a large amount of attention, a more modest piece of antique furniture may suit most collectors, like an antique oak pedestal desk . Preston has a number of reputable antiques dealers who will be happy to display antique furniture.

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