Top auctions. The Lygo collection of oak furniture will be offered in Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ Fine Furniture, Works of Art & Ceramics sale on Wednesday 4th June 2014 at the Donnington Priory Saleroom in Berkshire.
Comprising 58 lots, the Lygo Collection demonstrates the Lygo family’s highly discerning taste and passion for gathering some of the finest examples of oak furniture of the period.
A Charles II oak panel back armchair, circa 1660 opens the collection and is estimated at £3,000-5,000. An almost identical example is housed in the collection of the Tudor-Jacobean mansion, Temple Newsam House, on the outskirts of Leeds, Yorkshire. Now owned by the National Trust, Temple Newsam House holds some of the most comprehensive collections of paintings, furniture, silver, ceramics and textiles outside of London. [Lot 84]
Other unusual items in the collection include a Charles I oak and inlaid hanging mural cupboard, circa 1630, estimated at £12,000-18,000 [Lot 112] and an Elizabeth I boarded oak stool, circa 1580, estimated at £5,000-7,000 [Lot 135]
Elsewhere in the sale is a 20th century Meissen 22 piece Monkey Band anthropomorphically modelled after the originals by Johann Jocahim Kändler, one of the most important modeller of Meissen porcelain. The charming group is estimated at £5,000-7,000 [Lot 184]