Editoral from the Western Morning News 23/10/20
The house clearance side of our business has attended some super properties, bring lots fresh to the market in time for our first online auction via our own website in November.
A Victorian piers cabinet, is from 1870-1880 and screams Aesthetic movement. It’s ebonised finish, has boxwood stringing and a frieze inlaid with ivory griffins. The brass beadwork frame detail to the glass panels are complete and undamaged. The Corinthian topped full columns with aztec detail stand off majestically on inlaid plinths off set at 45degrees. The internal shelves are blue velvet lined with further stringing. This quality piece is in remarkably good condition and luckily we also found the key in a sewing box at the estate. Forward with no reserve.
Our eagle eyed house clearance team spotted a couple of super quality ceiling pendant lights, both being from the late C19th Arts & Crafts period. The first has a tudric styling hammered central drum with chased heart detail, curled ceiling rose & lamp suspensions, linked by a trio of sweeping branches of Art Nouveau style, each stamped 55901748 and so far unattributed. No shades were with this light fitting, but it would superb teamed with vaseline or cranberry shades. The second light is of the same period, but has Moroccan lantern influences, with four original leaded glass panels and a rise and fall mechanism. Both are forward with no reserve.
From the clearance of a funeral directors, comes a late Victorian funeral bier. This rare to find, well proportioned example is ideal, with a little preservation restoration for funeral marketing, film prop, market garden, retail display or simply for a collector of vehicles. This narrow handcart, has a bed of slat construction inset with working coffin rollers & cast coffin rails. The cast turntable with hand steered splinter bar is fully functioning, but would benefit from a clean & re-grease. Set on semi elliptic springs to the axles. The 30inch cartwheels are of 14 spoke, artillery type hubs, and clincher set cab tyre, all indicating it be approx 1900-1905. Having worm damage to some of the spokes & felloes and flaking varnish, it has a good original look, but would benefit from light conservation restoration. Estimate £400-700 Coffin stand and body bags add to the macabre array of lots.
Our saleroom is open Thursdays- Saturdays 10am-4pm with 100s of lots available to Buy Now. The auction date and catalogue both online and hardcopy will be released shortly. For more information see our website www.beechauctions.co.uk