Bonhams' unique Oak Interior auctions include 16th, 17th and 18th century carpenter-made and joined early vernacular furniture, often from single-owner and private collections. Sales include dressers, coffers, lowboys, chests of drawers, side tables, refectory tables, panel-back armchairs, back stools and joint stools, made from a variety of timbers including ash, elm, fruitwood, oak, walnut and yew.
Related works of art including treen (objects made from wood), early metalware (brass, copper, iron, pewter and steel), early carvings in wood and stone, and naïve art and portraits, are sold alongside furniture in a sale which caters for both connoisseur collectors and clients wishing to re-create period interiors. Since 2012, the sale has incorporated the Textile Department.
Auctions take place at Chester four times a year in January, April, July and October. Items are sourced nationwide and transfer to Chester from other Bonhams' offices or salerooms can be arranged. If you are considering selling early or vernacular furniture, a member of the specialist team will be pleased to offer their expert advice by telephone, e-mail or in person.