Catalogued as Georgian or a little earlier at Batemans (20% buyer’s premium) April 10 sale in Stamford, the 4ft 7in (1.40m) tall oak chair had a hinged panel below the solid seat chair to reveal a useful storage compartment.
Pitched at £400-600, about what the vendor recalled paying 32 years ago, it sparked a four-way battle among online bidders before selling at £4800.
Delighted with that result, the vendor then consigned into the auction house’s May 1 sale a 17th century German iron strongbox which he bought at Christie’s South Kensington in 1986 along with the receipt showing the hammer price of £450.
The 2ft 5in (73cm) wide box is of a type which, although produced in quantity in the Nuremberg area from the late 16th to the 18th centuries, later became known as ‘Armada chests’.
With hammered riveted joints throughout and decorated with an engraved pierced frieze of four male profiles with rams’ horns, it had wrought-iron carrying handles and came with one working key to lift the lid – although the key for the internal strongbox with its elaborate and engraved mechanism was missing.
Again reflecting the original purchase price, it was pitched at £500-800 but went to a specialist dealer at £1850.