A recent edition of Antiques Roadshow featured a stylish upholstered easy chair, circa 1940s. One of a pair that the owners inherited with a 1930s house they bought, it had been used to balance paint pots and stand on while they decorated. However, the chairs were by designer Eric Lyons, worth up to £1,500 at auction.
On Sunday 25th March, Antiques Roadshow paid a return visit to the Yorkshire Museum, where among the things of interest to antique furniture collectors in Cumbria was an antique desk made in Italy, circa 1890. Of somewhat younger vintage – but almost as valuable – was an upholstered Tecta easy chair by designer Eric Lyons. Eric Lyons post-war seating may not stir the same feelings in Lancashire as Victorian dining chairs , but originals of the quality seen on Antiques Roadshow normally only turn up in museums and the fact that this was a particularly well kept example in its original upholstery made it very valuable indeed.
Eric Lyons was an architect who got into product design after the war, designing the Tecta range of furniture for the Packet Furniture Company in Great Yarmouth. The example seen by the Roadshow expert was a ‘Demountable’ Easy Chair. Made of bent plywood veneered in oak, it summed up everything about the post-war product initiative, when furniture designers had to come up with new ways of manufacturing traditional designs. The chair was made more valuable due to it having the original Marianne Straub upholstery.
Eric Lyons chairs are also part of the collection at Grizedale Arts, a charitable organisation based in Cumbria. Victorian dining chairs and aesthetic pieces are also on display. If you enjoy collecting Arts & Crafts furniture , Preston antique dealers have plenty of choice.
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