A table belonging to Gwydir Castle, near Llanrwst in North Wales, was sold in 1921, but has now been returned.
The table was built for Sir John Wynn in 1590 and it is considered one of the most important surviving items of 16th century Welsh furniture. It contains the Wynn family heraldry, the Owain Gwynedd eagle, Colwyn ap Tangno’s fleur-de-lis and the Gruffydd ap Cynan lion. It was sold during a sale at Gwydir Castle in 1921.
However, the table was recently sold again for a five-figure sum to an anonymous American woman with Welsh ancestry. She knew that the table belonged in Gwydir Castle and decided to gift it to the owners of the castle, Judy Corbett and Peter Welford, who have restored the castle and constructed flood walls to protect the historic building from the infamous flooding of the River Conwy.
The castle owners made the announcement of the table’s return on their Facebook page:
“So, Gwydir has worked its magic again. The force of this ancient place is indeed a powerful thing. We say a huge thank you/diolch o galon on behalf of Gwydir and Wales to our American donor (who wishes to remain anonymous) and who has shown such faith in us.”
The couple pledged to protect the table and make sure that it never leaves the castle again.
While it is unlikely to find a historic 16th-century table from Lancashire antique dealers, they have many fine examples of Edwardian and late Victorian furniture.
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