Standout oak furniture and other lots going under the hammer at Bonhams14 February 2020 Bonhams’ Oak Interior sale features 16th, 17th and 18th century carpenter-made and joined vernacular furniture which make for fascinating historical objects and wonderful decorative items of the home.
It takes place on February 19 and lots can be viewed and bid for on thesaleroom.com.
The Hornby Castle Chair
This documented open oak armchair is from c.1580-1600 or later and was probably made in Scotland. One of the featured lots in the sale, it is of unusual design with an open back formed of two twin-arcades. It is offered with an estimate of £20,000-30,000.
It is said to have been owned by the Duke of Leeds, owner of Hornby Castle in Yorkshire and is one of four similar armchairs. They are in the Burrell Collection, Glasgos; Temple Newsam House; and Norton Conyers Hall. Although the group is traditionally associated with Hornby Castle, the heraldic motifs are not traditionally associated with the family.
Elizabeth I oak refectory-type table
Another of the featured lots in the sale is this Elizabeth I joined oak, walnut and elm refectory-type table from the Home Counties c.1590. It features a thick end-cleated four-plank top over cushion-moulded rails, which are carved with leafy S-scroll motifs. It would make a statement piece for a kitchen or living room measuring 2.46m long and is offered with an estimate of £8000-12,000.
Charles I livery cupboard
Livery cupboards were free-standing piece used to store food and drink, and there are several examples going under the hammer at Bonhams. This one, estimated at £6000-8000 is from the West Country c.1640. Made of fruitwood and parquetry inlaid, this Charles I example features a frilly-leaf carved frieze with mast terminals.
St Luke Painting the Virgin
There’s more than just furniture to be found in Oak Interior sale. For example, this Flemish 16th century beech carving, c.1500-20, depicts St Luke painting Virgin. This is a common devotional subject in art and were often created during the Renaissance for chapels named for the saint in European churches.
This carving, estimated at £3000-5000, is believed to be derived from a painting. It is not known which picture this example corresponds to, but some of the features are similar to a triptych panel in the National Gallery.
Oak might be old, but it is not just for adults. This James I joined oak child’s high-chair comes from Salisbury or the surrounding area and was made c.1620. It features an A-frame form and a tapering back-panel, carved with leaves and double-scroll cresting. It has an estimate of £6000-8000.
There are plenty of coffers available in the sale, but this 16th century carved coffer front offers some distinct decorative possibilities. Made in Bremen, Germany, c.1570-85, the coffer front is intricately carved with a series of biblical scenes. Figures include Moses, John the Baptist, Adam & Eve and Jesus on the cross.
It is one of a group of coffer fronts all carved with similar scenes. Another example with end pilasters carved with coats of arms is in the Victoria & Albert Museum and is dated 1586. It is offered with an estimate of £6000-8000.