An Arts & Crafts dining room suite made by the prominent Manchester designer Edgar Wood has sold for £42,000 at Gardiner Houlgate of Corsham near Bath.
The suite comprised14 high-back panelled and inlaid dining room
chairs (four chairs shown here) which included a carver and lady's
chair; an extending dining room table with four extra matching
leaves contained within a pine cabinet; and a panelled back
sideboard over three drawers flanked by panelled cupboard doors,
6ft 4in (1.93m) wide.
The whole suite was inlaid with stylised flowerheads and foliage
in bone, stained bone and various coloured woods, and the table and
sideboard also fitted with iron furniture. One inlay is shown in
This suite has been in the same family since being commissioned
by Sir Frederick Whitley Thompson, JP MP, with the rose and thistle
inlays representing both his Scottish and his wife's English
At the sale on June 26, it sold to a dealer in the room who was
bidding for an overseas client at some distance above the estimate
The buyer's premium was 18%.
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