John Crane UNDER THE HAMMER.
OVER the last 30 years or so I have appraised thousands of chairs; many of which were sat upon by King Edward Vll when he made his rare visits to Liverpool. I've stripped heavy 'hand made' Victorian armchairs down to their frames to find the arched backs beneath the horse hair padding were made from mass-produced pre-formed cast iron hoops bolted to wooden frames. Our business is a huge lifetime learning process and knowledge can not be gained in five minutes - or five years! If you decide to acquire old chairs for home use there are a few rules to adhere to. Loose joints must be re-glued and cramped - a task for an expert - and it's as expensive as re-polishing; there are many sides to even a simple dining chair. A common mistake people make is to buy inexpensive church or chapel chairs to use in the kitchen. They're not dining chairs and were never intended to be so; at 16 inches seat height they're far too low to be comfortable at a table.
Always take your tape measure if you are on the hunt. I know a collector who could not control his passion for a long-cased clock which he forgot to measure and ended up digging a hole in the hall floor to accommodate the height! JohnCrane FineArt is our specialised advisory service for the finest of objects and this week found me in Shrewsbury advising clients on the sale of fine pictures and bronzes. Whilst there I discovered a pair of highly decorative side chairs. Carlo Bugatti (1856-1940) is one of Europe's finest designers of all time. SITTING PRETTY
Bugatti was Italian, but lived and worked in France, and was influenced greatly by the North African and Islamic cultures. He used fabrics, tassels, vellum parchment, copper and pewter as overlays and inlays on the ebonised walnut used for his furniture. A Carlo Bugatti desk can easily make over PS200,000 at auction these days. The pair of chairs we are offering on Wednesday, April 6, are expected to do extremely well. Ettore Bugatti, Carlo's son, went on to design the famous 1930s racing cars. Come to the auction, it is a better experience than watching them on the TV. | For the finest of objects call me personally on 01244 680055 or for home visits throughout the North West, call our main office on 0151 709 5559, or visit www. CatoCrane.co.uk.
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|Publication:||Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Mar 12, 2016|
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