• Focal Point - The Nicholas Gif auction at Christies

    Sale 5975

    Focal Point - The Nicholas Gifford-Mead Collection of Chimneypieces & Ornament

    29 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 65

    AN ENGLISH WHITE PAINTED WROUGHT IRON TWO-SEAT GAMES BENCH

    19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN ENGLISH WHITE PAINTED WROUGHT IRON TWO-SEAT GAMES BENCH
    19TH CENTURY
    With wheels to one end and hinged foot rest


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    Games seats like this one were once common in the gardens and grounds of large country houses and estates. This was particularly so in the 19th century with the increasing popularity of garden games like croquet, bowls, tennis and badminton. The portability of the seats allowed them to be easily moved from the site of one game to another, allowing spectators to watch all the fun and frolics in comfort. The simple elegance of the reeded framework of these seats is archetypal of good English design, and they would grace the garden of any home, not necessarily for the spectating of sport, but simply to be moved from one favoured spot to another in the garden.

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    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
    This lot will be removed to an off-site warehouse at the close of business on the day of sale - 2 weeks free storage