The Norwich dealer James Brett is to sell 300 pieces of his stock of English and Continental furniture and decorative items in a single-vendor sale at Sworders of Stansted Mountfitchet on March 9.
The 67-year-old dealer, the grandson of Arthur Brett who
established the business in the 1920s at the 42 St Giles Street
showroom in Norwich, has decided to "rationalise and reorganise"
his business as he feels that an antique furniture dealership of
his size and calibre is no longer a viable business in a provincial
He will continue to trade on a smaller scale from the 42 St
Giles Street shop, but will close the firm's furniture restoration
A highlight of the sale is expected to be this mid-18th century
yew-wood escritoire, with harewood cross banding and chequer
stringing, attributed to the London cabinet-makers John Mayhew and
Sworders have made the attribution based upon a number of
factors, including the distinctive use of yew-wood veneers which
were commonly used by Mayhew and Ince in straight grained sections.
The 3ft 5in (1.05m) high secretaire is estimated at
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