Christie’s latest The Exceptional Sale is coming up on 5th July at their rooms in King Street, London and it boasts some extremely rare items by some of the country’s most eminent designers and makers from the seventeenth- and eighteenth-centuries.
A circa 1670-72 Charles II silver-mounted ebony striking architectural longcase clock by the exalted London clockmaker, Johannes (John) Fromanteel, is expected to make £300,000 – £500,000 ($467,100 – $778,500).
Also on offer is a George III armchair – designed by Robert Adam and made by Thomas Chippendale – which was supplied to Sir Lawrence Dundas, Bt. for the Great Room at 19 Arlington Street, London in 1765. The chair, originally oil-gilt (now water-gilt), is covered in blue floral cut-velvet silk damask. It is estimated at £400,000 – £600,000 ($622,800 – $934,200).
The pick of the sale is a pair of early George III mahogany open armchairs attributed to William Vile, circa 1760. The intricately carved frames stand on pierced gutae feet with recessed castors and are upholstered in brass-nailed red cut velvet.