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A Carolean Country Seat for £13,750...

8th July 2019

Lawrences’s three-day Summer Fine Art auction drew to a close on July 5th with a wide selection of clocks, work of art, furniture and rugs.

A Chinese carpet, probably Ningxia, measured 5.3 x 3.5m and made £2000 and a George III mahogany serpentine `bachelor` chest went just over its estimate at £4000. The remarkable popularity of good quality Howard & Son furniture was borne out by the £9250 paid for a sofa and an ebonised bracket clock by John Stretch doubled estimate to take £1875.

Two lots of plaster relief panels, cast for Lord Elgin when he was selecting marble reliefs in Greece to ship to London, had provenance to Hadspen House near Castle Cary. They had the appealing combination of a distinctive name with subjects of `Grand Tour` appeal and measured up to 100 x 167cm each. These were bought for £7000.

The day’s top price was paid for a 17th Century oak wainscot chair with sumptuous carved details. As part of a group of ten from Crowcombe Court near Taunton, nine of which made a total of over £7000, this one chair made £13,750 on its own.

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