Bonhams launches sale of oak furniture, folk and naive art in Edinburgh

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Edinburgh – Bonhams announces the launch of a brand new sale – Oak and Vernacular Furniture, Folk Art and Naïve Paintings – taking place at Bonhams Edinburgh on Tuesday 27 September. The sale offers everything from an eccentric late 17e large North Country ash and elm armchair by Turner (£2,500-3,500) at a rare late 18e century from the Royal Observatory, Greenwich and a fantastic collection of 150 Welsh love spoons collected over many years (various estimates).

Charlie Thomas, Head of Private Collections, Furniture and Fine Art for the Bonhams Group in the UK, said: “This multi-faceted new sale offers a wealth of vernacular treasures giving the sale an assertive allure much appreciated by interior designers and collectors alike. It’s hard to choose just one item, but my personal favorites include a late 17th century English picture embroidered in silk in silver and gold thread, estimated at £2,500-3,500 – this is by far the best embroidery in three dimensions that I have ever seen. We are particularly pleased to launch the sale in Edinburgh. The city is the epitome of elegance and was the natural choice as the location for this exciting new sale.

Highlights of the sale, which consists of 314 lots, include:

The Royal Observatory in Greenwich and its south-southeast meridian buildings. British school. Estimate: £3,000-5,000
  • The Royal Observatory in Greenwich and its south-southeast meridian buildings. British school. This view of one of the most famous and important buildings in the world was executed in oil in 1790 and considered unique. It is virtually identical to the watercolor of the same view – almost certainly by the same unknown hand – in the collection of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, dated between 1779 and 1789. Estimate: £3,000-5,000.
  • A late 17th century English picture embroidered in silk in silver and gold thread. The central oval cartouche representing a ship with full sails gliding through a narrow body of water, flanked by islands with animals, with insects and birds above and a swan, a hedgehog and a snake among bulrushes in the first plan, all in bright sunshine, the scene surrounded by a knotted, scrolled ribbon and fruiting tendrils and vines, against a background of blue silk, within a frame of simulated tortoiseshell. Estimate: £2,500-3,500.
A southwestern oak
A jointed and paneled trial bed in southwestern oak believed to date to the early 17th century. Estimate: £2,000-3,000.

A very impressive southwestern oak paneled and jointed trial bed believed to date from the early 17e century with later additions. Estimate: £2,000-3,000.

Rooster weathervane in painted and gilded zinc from the 19th century. Estimate: £800-1,200 (left); half-block model of a salmon from the early 20th century. Estimate: £600-800 (right).
  • A half block model of an early 20th century salmon. Estimate: £600-800.
  • Rooster weathervane in painted and gilded zinc from the 19th century. Estimate: £800-1,200.
Large armchair by Turner in ash and elm from the end of the 17th century. Estimate: £2,500-3,500 (left); 19th century Welsh love spoon. Estimate: £700-1,000 (right).
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