A set of four late 18th Century Italian carved giltwood Fauteuils,
Provenance: Bought by the current owner's uncle from 33 Sussex Square, Brighton, owned by Mrs Helen Arnold, wife of the circus magnate, Thomas Charles Arnold.
Thomas Charles Arnold was born in Richmond, Yorkshire in 1897 and started his theatrical career as a book keeper for Sir Walter de Frece's Music Hall circuit.
He married in 1937, Miss Helen Breen Moore, a principal 'boy' in several pre-war pantomimes.
Arnold is best remembered for being the person who bought the Moscow State Circus to Britain in 1956 at Harringay Arena and Belle Vue Manchester. He ran circuses at Harringay between 1947/48 Christmas season and 1957/58 Christmas season rivalling Bertram Mills at Olympia commencing with a three ring spectualar and continued on featuring the cream of circus.
He staged "Circus on Ice" at Brighton and elsewhere for a number of years and could fairly be called the "Pantomime King" as he staged at least 400 pantomimes in his lifetime and before his death in February 1969 he was awarded an OBE. In the winter of 1968/69 he was presenting fifteen pantomimes in association with Bernard Delfont.
Our grateful thanks to Chris Stone, an authority on circus history who compiled this footnote.