A George II mahogany breakfront library bookcase, circa 1750, with an estimate of £50,000-80,000 is included in the auction Apter Fredericks: 75 Years of Important English Furniture at Christie’s on January 19.

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Auction house Bonhams is teaming up with The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair (DATF) for an auction running from January 29-February 12. The Battersea fair, which usually holds its first of three editions around that time every year, has had its first staging for next year called off due to continuing coronavirus restrictions.

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Bonhams’ auction of objects from the Battersea Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair includes this 19th century French octagonal oak specimen marble top table from Lee Wright Antiques & Design. The online only sale runs from January 29-February 12.

Instead, buyers will be able to pick up art, antiques and decorative items from familiar exhibitors in an online-online sale. Around 350 lots are expected to be included from country house antiques and upholstered furniture to garden artefacts and Arts & Crafts items.

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Dealer Geoffrey Stead offers this mid 18th century burr walnut bureau bookcase made in Holland in the online only auction of works from the Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair taking place at Bonhams from January 29-February 12.

As well as the auction, offerings from DATF dealers may be found on the recently launched new site dubbed Digital Decorative.

Also in January, London dealership Apter Fredericks will sell some of its stock at a live sale at Christie’s King Street on January 19.

The 140 lots include important 18th and 19th century furniture and works of art from English houses including Spencer House, Langley Park and Cliveden. Makers include Chippendale, Ince & Mayhew, Linnell, Gomm, Lock, Cobb, Bullock and Gillows. There will also be a selection of Chinese works of art.


Apter Fredericks includes this George II fustic and satinwood sofa c.1758-65, (estimate £80,000–120,000) in the sale 75 Years of Important English Furniture at Christie’s on January 19.

Harry and Guy Apter say: “For 75 years Apter-Fredericks have enjoyed dealing in the finest furniture, welcoming clients, old and new, to our Chelsea showroom.

"After 40 years in the business, a new world and a new way of working has developed and it has become clear to us both that we no longer want or need a showroom in central London to continue to thrive and do business successfully. We see a future where we hold less stock and are able to spend more time both in the pursuit of masterpieces and visiting our clients.”