Scarborough saleroom David Duggleby posted a house record for furniture when a suite of oak Arts and Crafts furniture from the workshop of Cotswold School cabinet maker Peter Waals (1870-1937) sold as a single lot for £31,000 at their latest auction.
The table and six chairs came from a rented
estate cottage in North Yorkshire - the total value of the
remaining contents were just £550.
With its butterfly joints and chamfered
hayrake and wishbone stretcher, the dining table, measuring 9ft 9in
(2.97m) when extended, is a well-known early 20th century design by
Ernest Gimson (1864-1919).
However, the chairs, including two carvers,
are a relatively late design by arguably the greatest of the
British Arts and Crafts architect-designers, Charles Francis
Annesley Voysey (1857-1941). Voysey designed the so-called Chalford
chair in 1921 (originally for his client C.E. Wellstead) - the
design made in Peter Waal's workshop in Chalford,
The buyer in the room, who saw off
competition from two telephones at the sale on November 10, was a