The 22-lot mixed-owner auction has a range of works by ‘Britain’s greatest cabinet-maker’ with estimates ranging from £5000-5m.
The sale is part of the events marking the 300th anniversary of Chippendale’s birth and among the finest pieces on offer is a mahogany and Indian ebony commode that Chippendale made for Sir Rowland Winn between 1766-69.
It previously sold from the Messer Collection at Christie’s in 1991 for £935,000, a then-record for a piece of Chippendale furniture. This time it is estimated at £3m-5m.
The sale will also offer two of the four ‘Dundas sofas’ that were designed by Robert Adam and made by Chippendale for Sir Lawrence Dundas. They will be offered separately, each with a £2m-3m estimate.
The same pair of sofas were previously sold at Christie’s in July 1997, where they were offered as a single lot and knocked down at £1.4m.
Another of the Dundas sofas fetched £2.17m (including premium) at Christie’s in June 2008, while the other was sold by private treaty sale to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 2014.
For more on Chippendale: see ATG’s London Summer Capital of Art magazine