RESULTS: 500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe






Lots Sold:  151

Lots Offered: 205

Sold by Lot: 74%

Sold by £:85 %

Exchange Rate£:= $1.604/  €1.171





Estimate (£)


Purchase Price




A pair of George III mahogany serpentine commodes, attributed to Thomas Chippendale, circa 1765-75

150,000 - 250,000





A William and Mary walnut striking month-going longcase clock , Thomas Tompion, London, no. 189. circa 1691

40,000 - 60,000



UK trade


A George III mahogany secretaire bookcase, possibly by Thomas Chippendale or Wright and Elwick, circa 1760-70

20,000 - 30,000



UK trade


Comment: Peter Horwood, Associate Director, Furniture Department and Jamie Collingridge, International Head of Clock Department, Senior Director:

“This sale saw solid results, with good prices achieved across the full range of furniture. There is strong demand for high quality goods that are fresh to the market. Lot 140, a pair of George III mahogany serpentine commodes attributed to Thomas Chippendale, were from a private collection having been sold previously at Christie's in 1953, while lot 95, a George III mahogany secretaire bookcase was also previously in a notable private collection. Lots 1-70, The Property of a Lady, including a small group of silver and gold boxes also performed well. The clock market remains very strong, with the clocks in this sale achieving above their upper pre-sale estimate and correspondingly high selling rates. Examples by eminent English makers are particularly sought after, as shown by lot 94, a Tompion longcase clock, which sold for more than twice its high estimate.”

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