A recent dedicated fine oak sale at a Suffolk auction house produced some impressive results, with the leading lot, an English cabinet-on-stand, selling for a total of £30,000.
The highlight of Bishop & Miller Auctioneers two-day auction, the English 17th-century olivewood, oyster-veneered cabinet-on-stand, was made circa 1675-90. With a block concave cornice above a pair doors, each elaborately oyster-veneered, it had large roundels and stringing, enclosing an arrangement of eleven drawers around a small central door which opened to reveal three additional drawers, all fitted with brass drop-handles. The stand with a single drawer,
on six ball centred spiral turned legs united by concave and straight platform stretchers, on feet, had a good colour overall.
Elsewhere in the sale, other pieces that caught the eyes of bidders were an exceptionally large and documented Charles II joined oak ten-leg table, circa 1660, which sold for £12,200; and a pair of late 15th century carved sandstone animals, a lion and lioness, probably English, which fetched £12,200.
A rare English mid-15th century carved sandstone figure of a standing monk sold for £8,800; a rare and impressive Elizabeth I mastic composition inlaid oak desk box, circa 1580, made £8,540; and a brass mounted and ebony table clock, circa 1685 and later, fetched £7,570.
Charlotte Kerridge, Marketing Manager at Bishop & Miller, commented: “Safe to say, the two-day oak auction was the best auction we have had and I think is now putting us up there as the Oak auctioneers in the country – bold statement I know but we really feel its true, with some really great results on some absolutely wonderful pieces. We have had a super exciting week in the office.”