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Eisteddfod chair that failed to find a winner could fetch pounds 800-pounds 1,200.

A Study of Romantic Friendship, became objects of curiosity and affection.

Plas Newydd, adorned in the Gothic style and their home between 1780 and 1829, became a place of admiration and curiosity far beyond Wales.

Seen as somewhat eccentric, the women extended the house and from 1798 onwards began adding the beautiful wooden carvings on view today, courtesy of Denbighshire County Council which turned it into a museum.

Plas Newydd, set in peaceful gardens and a site for the National Eisteddfod in 1908, has become a magnet for those who see The Ladies of Llangollen as minor heroines of the feminist movement, noted for being the first female couple in modern times to live more or less openly a lesbian lifestyle.

Lady Eleanor died in 1829 and Sarah Ponsonby died two years later.

They were buried in the church of St Collen at Llangollen, leaving behind volumes of letters and journals which give a fascinating insight into their life together.

The deed will be auctioned in London next month.

Their papers, which have become a study resource for students of their lives, are held at the National Library of Wales.

Correspondence includes details of the couple's escape from their homes in Ireland, an apparently unpublished verse drama entitled Love's Frenzy, or The Garlands of the Faun, and poems and watercolours by Sarah Ponsonby.

The Welsh sale takes place on Wednesday, November 20, at Sotheby's, Olympia, west London, starting at 10am.AN unusual eisteddfod chair, an 18-handled Ewenny pottery wassail bowl and a painting by Sir Kyffin Williams are among further pieces to be auctioned at Sotheby's Welsh sale.

In 1907 no bard or poet was deemed worthy of the chair which had been made for the eisteddfod and it was presented to the secretary, the current owner's grandfather.

The chair, which is decorated with the Prince of Wales feathers, is estimated at pounds 800 to pounds 1,200.

Pieces of Welsh oak to be auctioned include a James I panel-back armchair, originating from North Wales, which is estimated at pounds 3,000 to pounds 5,000.

Traditional dressers include a large George II example from North Wales, estimated at pounds 8,000 to pounds 12,000.

A 19th-century dresser from South Wales is estimated at pounds 1,200 to pounds 1,800.

The yellow glazed wassail bowl is inscribed ``Made By Thomas Williams''.

The domed cover is applied with two foxes between rows of handles surmounted by birds.

The bowl and cover, dated 1870, was produced at the Claypits pottery and is expected to fetch between pounds 2,000 and pounds 3,000.

The oil painting by Sir Kyffin, Ponies, Llanfairynghornwy, is estimated at pounds 6,000 to pounds 8,000. A 19th-century oil painting by Charles Tattersall Dodd of ship-building at Penmaenpool, Merioneth, is estimated at pounds 6,000 to pounds 9,000.


OIL PAINTING: Sir Kyffin Williams's Ponies, Llanfairynghornwy; POTTERY: The 18-handled wassail bowl and cover; CARVING: The oak chair decorated with the Prince of Wales feathers
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Date:Oct 26, 2002
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