STUNNING GEORGE II BRIDAL CHEST
Leads Bonhams Famous Oak Interior Sale


The Oak Interior
20 Sep 2017
London, New Bond Street

An ornate George II polychrome-painted bridal chest, made in the Channel Islands, leads Bonhams Oak Interior sale on 20 September at Bonhams, New Bond Street. The chest is estimated at £30,000-40,000. For more than 15 years, Bonhams has held twice yearly Oak Interior sales, a much-anticipated feature in the auction calendar for Oak aficionados.

This important paint-decorated chest-on-stand is vibrantly adorned with a bold design that first appeared on leather-covered bridal trunks created around c.1690-1760. Almost certainly a dowry chest, the decoration includes symbolic betrothal decoration in the form of carnations and roses. The chest forms an important link between British/European and American furniture traditions, both in terms of their decoration and construction.

Bonhams Senior Specialist in Oak Furniture, David Houlston commented, "The bridal chest is one of at least five recorded related examples made in the same workshop and painted by the same hand. However, this is the only one constructed entirely of oak, the others being principally pine, with ash or oak legs."

Other highlights include:
An impressive James I oak court cupboard, circa 1615, estimated at £15,000-20,000.
A rare and highly unusual James I joined oak panel-back open armchair, dated 1626, is estimated at £15,000-20,000.
A rare George III painted pine and astragal glazed breakfront fully enclosed high dresser from the West Country, circa 1760, carries an estimate of £12,000-18,000.
An exceptionally rare joined oak and walnut billiard table, English, circa 1700 is expected to achieve £10,000-15,000.


NOTES FOR EDITORS

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. Today, the auction house offers more sales than any of its rivals. The main salerooms are in London, New York and Hong Kong. Sales are also held in the UK in Knightsbridge and Edinburgh; in the US, in San Francisco and Los Angeles; in Europe, in Paris and Stuttgart and in Sydney, Australia. Bonhams also has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of forthcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com

Contacts
  1. David Houlston
    Specialist
    Bonhams
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    Banbury Road
    Oxford, United Kingdom OX5 1JH
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