Well-worn chairs are winners

A pair of well-worn leather armchairs, ascribed to Danish designer Ib Koford Larsen, was in demand at a recent sale in Somerset, selling for thousands.

Vintage Danish leather chairs by Ib Koford LarsenDespite having evident signs of comfortable wear, the winning bid for the pair was £6,100 in Lawrence’s auction of Decorative Arts and Ceramics.

Elsewhere in the sale, which combined old and new items, other highlights included:

  • a Lalique vase in the `Ceylan` design, decorated with opalescent budgerigars, which more than doubled expectations to take £2680
  • A Lalique scent bottle, 13.5cm high, was bid to £2800

In the ceramics and glass section of the sale, a good private collection of glass from a retired physician realised over £12,300, led by two mallet-shaped decanters from c.1800 that raised £850. A Staffordshire figure of a seated dog leapt to £1700, far exceeding its estimate.

Indian and Asian items also proved popular, including:

  • an Indian Bidri tray or stand made £5850
  • a Chinese or Tibetan carved wood, lacquer and gilt figure of Bodhisattva, just 18cm high, made £7320
  • a Chinese `lac burgaute` box and cover, 5.5cm square, made £4390
  • a group of seven Chinese snuff bottles appealed to several bidders before making £3900.


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