The Exceptional Sale 2011

As its title suggests, Christie’s The Exceptional Sale 2011 (in their King Street, London rooms on July 7, 2011) contains some truly outstanding items. Amongst the treasures on offer is a group of Anglo-Indian ivory-inlaid, teak, ebony and tortoiseshell furniture made in Vizagapatam on the East coast of India for the English market circa 1720-30.

‘This exceptional group of ivory-inlaid furniture (lots 14-17) comprising a bureau-cabinet, kneehole dressing-table, a pair of caned daybeds and conforming side and arm chairs, was acquired by Edward Harrison (1674-1732) of Balls Park, Hertfordshire and his only surviving child Audrey (1709-88). It includes some of the earliest known examples of furniture made in India for the English market and represents a highly significant collection that has remained in private ownership since its acquisition, rarely seen and never before offered for sale.’

At auction; an Anglo-Indian ivory-inlaid, teak, ebony and tortoiseshell bureau-cabinet, c. 1720-30. (Christie’s)

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About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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2 Responses to The Exceptional Sale 2011

  1. Adrian Bileydi-lee says:

    Teak is one of my favourite timbers, love the smell. Reminds me of my apprenticeship in the shipyard. I do like eastern versions of European furniture. As an aside, will you be sharing any colour matching techniques? I ask because I’m repairing a French walnut piece and it’s quite pale.

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