Six striking seats at auction this summer28 July 2021 From an Arts and Crafts chair with a Royal connection to a bench in the style of famed architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, here is a selection of six lots coming up at auction.
1. Lutyens garden bench
While the sun is still shining have you thought about a new garden bench?
Benches in the style first designed by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens remain popular. The Lutyens bench is also known as a Sissinghurst bench or Marlborough bench, and this 5ft 4in (1.65m) wide teak version is offered at Victor Mee on August 4 with an estimate of €350-550.
2. Arts & Crafts elbow chair
This interesting Arts & Crafts chair has Mackintosh-style upholstery and comes with a plaque stating 'Queen Alexandra Occupied This Chair Only On Her Visit To The North East Agricultural Associations Horse Show, Held at Balmoral, Belfast, July 27th 1903'.
It is estimated at £60-80 at Rogers Jones on August 3.
3. Victorian metamorphic chair
This unusual chair is a Victorian walnut metamorphic side chair that can change into a set of steps. It was made by James Shoolbred and Co and has four needlework inset treads.
It is estimated at £600-800 at Bonhams on August 4.
4. 19th century elbow chair
6. Suzani stool
For a different kind of seat what about a stool? This oval centre stool is upholstered in suzani material (the textile style from central Asia) and was made by interior designer Robert Kime.
It is estimated at £300-500 at Dreweatts on August 11-12.