Antiques dealer's collection goes under the hammer

An upcoming auction at Donnington Priory offers a unique chance to take home some unusual antiques

An upcoming auction at Donnington Priory offers a unique opportunity to take home some highly unusual antiques

On 28th and 29th January, an eclectic selection of interior pieces from the home of art and antiques dealer John Penrose will go on sale.

Among the items to be auctioned are a striking pair of 19th-century style antler electroliers (chandeliers for electric lights), estimated to sell for £500-£700.

Electroliers replaced gasoliers in the late 19th century when electricity first became available in British homes. The new lighting was described in an 1891 book as 'showing up every wrinkle and line in the face.'

A mahogany dressing table from the Georgian period will also go under the hammer and is expected to fetch £600-£800.

Penrose has been collecting and dealing art and antiques for more than 50 years and says he has 'wide-ranging' tastes.

The sale will also include more affordable pieces from separate collections, including a lovely mixed lot of Spode blue and white printed pottery (£100-£200).

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions' Interiors, Glass and Ceramics sale will take place at its Donnington Priory saleroom, Newbury, Berkshire, on Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th January. 01635 553553;


Words: Laura Price

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