Bonham's 'Britain' - Defining the Interior

This November Bonham’s has an auction of exquisite British pieces of furniture, silver, ceramics, works of art and sculpture. While we love work from across Europe, it is refreshing to view a sale of British pieces and highlights the significance of British craft and design.

Here are our favourite pieces from the sale, you can view more items by viewing the catalogue on Bonham’s website here.

Among the items of furniture were some standout chairs that caught our eye. This pair of Regency mahogany hall chairs we're formerly part of a suite at Brabourne Manor in Kent. They bear the brand of B. Harmer, a contractor who worked for top end firms during the George II period. The chairs are elegant yet retain a sense of solidity with their applied tablet mouldings, dished seats and square moulded outswept legs.

This Regency mahogany side cabinet stood out to us for its elegant and stylish details. Its panel doors are inset with gilt metal grilles and pleated silk panels. The carved lion’s paw feet add a characterful detail. This would look wonderful in a classic interior and its rich colour would really stand out in a subtle colour scheme.

These two George IV gilt wood console tables are a more lavish choice for us, we were dazzled by their materiality. Their white and grey marble tops are inlaid with stylised flowers and leaves. The inlaid details comprises white and brown onyx and green marble. The tops sit on single lion monopodiae and square plinth bases which are equally luxurious with their exquisite detail and opulent gold colour. Inside a classic interior, these tables would be truly eye catching.

These black lacquer stools are from 19th Century Chinese-export. Their ‘X’ form legs, gilt chinoiseries and rectangular padded buttoned seats are a beautifully exotic style that would look lovely in a classic interior.

At Devas Designs we enjoy mixing the old and new and often place items of antique furniture in contemporary interiors. These stools with their characterful design and rich colours could look intriguing in a subtle toned, fresh contemporary room and add a real charm.