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    Sale 5936

    The Country House Sale - Property of the 14th Earl of Kintore & The Collection of the Late Bernard Lyons, C.B.E.

    18 March 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 116

    A GEORGE III SATINWOOD AND ROSEWOOD MARQUETRY OVAL OCCASIONAL TABLE

    THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A GEORGE III SATINWOOD AND ROSEWOOD MARQUETRY OVAL OCCASIONAL TABLE
    THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    Crossbanded overall, the top inset with a foliate patera, on square tapering legs with brass caps and leather castors, the underside with a paper label 'GEORGE III SATINWOOD URN TABLE WITH ORIGINAL LEATHER CASTORS CIRCA 1780 LADY SMITH 106'
    25¾ in. (65.5 cm.) high; 13 in. (33 cm.) wide; 11 in. (28 cm.) deep


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    Provenance

    Lady Smith.


    Pre-Lot Text

    The Collection of the late Bernard Lyons, C.B.E., D.L.

    Bernard Lyons was one of six children born in Leeds to Samuel, a businessman who established a successful gentlemen's clothing manufactory with several retail outlets named 'Alexandre'. Bernard joined the family company alongside his brother, and together they oversaw the expansion of the business during the early postwar period into a large conglomerate of companies called United Drapery Stores - at its height, the leading British retailer with over 1300 retail outlets and incorporating Allders of Croydon, Timpson, and Whiteley's department stores, amongst others.

    An industrialist and philanthropist, Bernard was primarily responsible for the factories and manufacturing side of the business and by 1976 Allders was the third largest department store in the country, surpassed only by Harrods and Selfridges. The UDS group continued to evolve and branched out into the duty-free-shop retail arena, opening a store at Heathrow Airport and soon after expanding into an international network of some 800 retail outlets.

    Bernard was appointed C.B.E. in 1968 for his services to industry by Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson, who was a close friend. Lyons retired as Chairman of UDS in 1983 but continued to play an active role in the family private investment company, the Colmore Trust. He was a benefactor to Leeds University and set up the Lyons Scholarship fund.

    Bernard Lyons, C.B.E., D.L., died on April 14th 2008 aged 96.