An extraordinary collection of unique pieces of furniture, clocks, ceramics and tapestries is going under the hammer at Sotheby's auction house in London on Wednesday July 6.
The vast array of exquisite objects is led by the standout lot, a William VI mahogany extending dining table made by Johnstone, Jupe and Co in 1835.
The piece is clearly of a high quality, with its wonderful rich colour and unique design. It is estimated to sell for between £100,000-150,000 ($163,000-245,000).
The patent for its construction and design was held by Robert Jupe of Cavendish Square, and its revolutionary nature and unusual features mean other items similar to it have sold well in the past.
A late Victorian Jupe table has been sold previously at Sotheby's in 2007 for £176,000 ($282,000), above this table's higher estimate. Similarly, another table like this one was sold for even more by Christie's in 2006. It made $321,000 ($516,000), more than double this table's expected worth.
That kind of increase in value and investment potential means that clearly these sorts of objects are well worth a look for collectors.
Of an equally brilliant nature, and being sold with the same estimated price, is this Queen Anne Red and Gilt-Japanned Cabinet.
Taking inspiration from China and employing many typically 'Asian' features, this cabinet is ornately decorated, depicting Oriental scenes and figures in gold against the deep red base colour.
Again, similar pieces have reached high amounts at auction, with one sold in 2001 for £190,500 ($306,247 in today's money), and other having previously broken the £100,000 mark.
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