Two highly collectable and distinctive red chairs from the investiture ceremony for the Prince of Wales at Caernaforn Castle, Wales, in 1969 were of the highlights of a recent three-day sale in Sussex.
Bellmans‘ January Interiors auction offered the 54cm wide x 78cm high chairs, complete with their original cardboard shipping box and supporting paperwork. They sold for a hammer of £1,050.
These chairs was designed by Lord Snowdon for the investiture of Prince Charles on 1 July 1969. 4,600 of these chairs were made for seating guests inside Caernarfon Castle. The chairs were offered for sale after the ceremony and sold flat-packed for £12 each via a promotional advertising leaflet that encouraged guests to re-assemble the chairs for themselves, Ikea-style. Snowdon bought six.
Elsewhere in the sale, other highlights included:
- A pair of mid-20th century laminated beech-framed open arm easy chairs, after a design by Alvar Aalto, sold for £1,600
- An early 20th century French rouge leather upholstered three-seater sofa, on turned mahogany supports, sold for £2,600
- A French oak buffet, the stripped ‘D’ shape top over a painted four cupboard base, sold for £720