GOOD-quality mahogany and oak furniture took most of the better prices in Mitchells' (15% buyer's premium) 1566-lot May 13-14 auction which totalled £325,000.
A c.1730 dresser base of compact proportions, 4ft 8in (1.42m)
wide, was a case in point. With good patination, the dresser, with
a two-plank top, three frieze drawers and a pair of panelled
cupboards, more than doubled expectations when it sold at
Unlike many areas of the Victorian mahogany furniture market,
demand is still relatively healthy for good dining room furniture,
and a table extending to 10ft 8in (3.25m) on eight turned and
tulip-carved legs, topped its upper estimate selling at
Combining the attractions of both woods, a George III oak and
mahogany crossbanded housekeeper's cupboard, although a fairly
large piece of furniture at 6ft 3in (1.9m) wide, brought
Catching the eye in other sections were an elegant Regency
mahogany longcase clock, which took £4500, and a silver combined
nutmeg grater and corkscrew, by SM (probably Samuel Massey) London,
1792 which eclipsed its £120-180 estimate to sell at £2300.
There was also a good-quality Japanese Meiji period ivory okimono
of a hunter with a bow and arrows, with a four-character mark to
the base, which fetched £2700.
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