Chest of Drawers discovered in a Plymouth garage sells for over £5,000 !
A rare antique chest of drawers discovered in a local garage was one of the star lots at the Plymouth Auction Rooms sale this week. On a routine house call, Auctioneer Paul Keen visited a property in Plympton, to look at a few items in the garage. Under a blanket was an ‘old chest of drawers’ that had been handed down through the family.
As soon as the owner pulled back the cover Paul was immediately taken back by the stunning colour and patina of the handsome walnut chest drawers he recognised straight away, dating from the William and Mary period with decorative oyster veneers.
Oystering was fashionable on premium items of furniture in the 1660’s, up until about 1710. The veneer is a type of parquetry, the technique using thin slices of wood branches cut in cross section, often in walnut but can also be found in olive, kingwood, and other rare woods. The circular or oval veneers are laid side by side to provide various patterns, and these often resemble an oyster shell.
Paul was able to fit the chest in to his car and once back in the Saleroom the promotion began. With features online and in the international antiques gazette it was soon clear that this chest had caught the eye of serious furniture collectors. On the auction day (2nd February) competition was fierce between online bidders and telephone bidders. The price kept rising over five minutes of bidding from £1,000 to a winning bid of £5,600 (almost £7,000 with auction fee’s).
Paul says “For some time antique furniture has been out of fashion and undervalued, however quality and rarity will always sell well. I am delighted with the result”.
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