Regency Furniture can be a real puzzle. What did they do with it?
Can you answer The Beau Monde’s questions about furniture? eg What is a Canterbury? What does it do?
Have you ever begun to research one thing and curiosity leads you to other places, people, or objects? How good is your Regency era knowledge?
Bonhams Auction is selling a Mahogany Canterbury, plus lots of other intriguing items sure to stir the imagination of all Regency romance authors. Some items could certainly be used to provide comic relief.
Sale 19619 – Gentleman’s Library Sale, 18 Jan 2012 London, New Bond Street
Take a look and answer The Beau Monde’s questions.
(Apologies if this posts past the actual auction date due to website blackouts.)
Lot No: 567 – A George IV mahogany canterbury in the manner of Gillows
Estimate: £2,500 – 3,500
The Beau Monde’s Question – What was a Canterbury used for?
Lot No: 252 – A composite French gilt brass and limoges carriage clock
Lot No: 782Y – Regency scarlet tortoiseshell and brass marquetry desk stand.
Attributed to George Bullock. Inlaid with stylised hop leaves, flowers and scrolls, the rectangular dished tray with rounded ends, fitted with two glass ink pots with brass marquetry inlaid lids, with a central rectangular glass open pot, 39cm wide, (15″ wide), 27cm deep, (10.5″ wide).
Estimate: £2,000 – 3,000
Footnote: There were apparently several lots in the catalogue of the Bullock Sale of 1819 described as a ‘tray-shaped inkstand’ and in various finishes. It was noted that the circular pattern could have been created for Queen Charlotte as she was a visitor to Bullock’s establishment at the Grecian Rooms, Piccadilly in 1812. A similar example described as ‘A very sumptuous circular ink stand, of the late George Bullock’s Buhl manufacture with richly cut glass’ was included in the Queen’s effects sold anonymously, Christie’s, London as ‘The Remaining part of a valuable Collection of Curiosities (works of art)…’ 24-26 May 1819, lot 38.
The Beau Monde’s Question – What was the most common writing tool? Anyone know where their ink came from?
Lot No: 314 – J & W Cary 21-inch celestial library globe circa 1800.
Lot No: 426 – A set of Regency mahogany and ebony line inlaid bedsteps
Lot No: 427 – A late George III mahogany butler’s tray on stand
The rectangular tray with a wavy edge gallery pierced with a carrying handle to each side, on a folding X-frame stand
Estimate: £600 – 800
The Beau Monde’s Question – Oh, yes, a disaster in the making! How many ways can you see the Butler’s Tray coming to grief? And where does all the cake end up?