An antique travelling trunk that saw service at the Battle of Waterloo won the People’s Vote at this year’s Country Life – LAPADA Object of the Year competition, with the judges picking a 17th Century beadwork basket as the overall winner.
The winners of the 2012 Country Life – LAPADA Object of the Year competition were announced at Olympia on Tuesday 12th June. As usual, the standards were extremely high, with an Edwardian antique mahogany pedestal desk and a 16th Century canopied antique cabinet among the finalists. However, there could be only one winner and the judges decided on a stunning Restoration beadwork basket, in immaculate condition, for the first prize, with the runner up being an early Art Deco emerald brooch designed for a turban. The third prize was a tie between two pieces of furniture: an extravagantly gilded Victorian billiard table and a 1930s Gerald Summer bent plywood armchair. A modernist design icon, it was the antithesis of Victorian dining chairs made during the Arts & Crafts furniture period, but was a worthy winner owing to its rarity and condition.
The People’s Choice allows the public to vote online for their favourite piece, and the winning entry in this category was an antique travelling trunk with provenance to Captain Blackwood, who fought and died at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Made from finely tooled leather and wood with brass banding, the battle scars were a poignant remember of the conflict. Thomas Handford, the maker, was renowned for the quality of his campaign chests and antique desks, which a Preston antique dealer will often have for sale.
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