The English Collector at Christie's

This week Christie's held an auction of English furniture, works of art and clocks, we loved some of the pieces up for sale so here’s a selection that really caught our eye.

These George III mahogany hall chairs (c.1780-1820) have elegant fan-shaped backs. Their design follows the favoured ‘Roman’ fashion that became popular from around the late 1770s. This particular design seems to have been popular up until the 1820s, as Christie’s have had multiple variations in their auctions of the same design. Once at the height of fashion, the elegance of these chairs now has a timeless sense of style which would beautifully contribute to an interior.

Estimate: £3,000 - 5,000

Price Realised: £12,500

These charming mahogany serpentine commodes (c. 1765-70), sold as a pair, are attributed to George III’s court cabinet-maker John Cobb. Their elegant French antique design was popular during the 1760s and 70s, their bombe form and serpentine outlines is characteristic of Cobb’s design. They are, however, uncharacteristically unadorned. It is this simplicity and classic shape that makes them so appealing for a modern but classic interior.

Estimate: £15,000 - 25,000

There were several truly dazzling pieces at the auction. This neo-classical Italian tabletop from the early 19th Century incorporates semi-precious and hard stones. Its Ormulu border adds a further touch of luxury and rich colour. The arrangement of offset squares is unusual and unique and really would become a strong centerpiece to any room.

Estimate: £8,000 - 12,000

Price Realised: £18,750

The last pieces that caught our eye were these parcel-gilt and rosewood tripod tables. At Devas Designs we always look out for antique pieces that not only contain a rich sense of history in their design, but that become timeless for their sense of elegance and refinement and these tables have an almost modern elegance. The square tops are decorated with gilt and ebonised palmettes and their baluster twisted stems are stunningly chic.

Estimate: £3,000 - 5,000