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Exotic Decoration Furnishes Auction with High Bids...

29th October 2021

Lawrences autumn Fine Art auction drew to a close on its fourth day with a selection of clocks, works of art, furniture and carpets concluding the 2200-lot sale.

A wide choice of clocks included a marquetry longcase clock by Samuel Price of London; £3750); a fine Regency musical bracket clock by Thomas Farr of Bristol £4000) and a tavern clock by Charles Palmer of Bristol, £6875.

Within the works of art on offer, an Italian cast and patinated bronze figure of Narcissus, 63cm high, made £1500; a pair of embossed watercolours in the style of Samuel Dixon took £3250 and a fine pair of 19th Century `pietra dura` hardstone panels, decorated with birds amidst flowers, soared above hopes of £400 to make £4250.

Four strong results from the furniture included £3000 for a lacquer work `Chinoiserie` side table from c.1700 but with later decoration; £4000 for a pair of Victorian walnut and marquetry pier cabinets, profusely decorated with flowers and grasses in cut woods; a remarkable price of £5250 for a reproduction Egyptian throne chair imitating the throne of Princess Sitamun; and, still favouring the lure of exotic decoration, £12500 was paid for a Chinese hardwood occasional table, inset with a porcelain plaque in a `millefiori` pattern.

The sale ended with a well-received group of carpets. The final four lots totalled £31,250, led by the £9375 paid for a Heriz carpet from Iranian Azerbaijan, 6.4 x 3.3m. The total for the week exceeded £1.3m

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