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RARE  ARTS AND CRAFTS HEALS FURNITURE AT DUKES OF DORCHESTER

The Famous Tottenham Court Road retailer Heals is well known today for fine quality and interesting furniture and furnishings. The early success and fame of the firm was largely the work of the hugely energetic and creative Ambrose Heal. It was Ambrose who decided that the items sold in the shop should reflect the most interesting and innovative of the latest design ideas. To ensure his ideals were made a reality, he took to designing the furniture himself. Using the influence of his hundred-year old family business name, Ambrose created designs that at the time were seen as strikingly modern and Avant garde. Taking his lead from the Arts and Crafts movement the designs were in simple native timbers with clearly expose hinges and locks, and elegant, clean touches. They may have been surprisingly progressive in the 1890’s but today they are highly sought after by collectors who consider those pieces designed by Ambrose Heal at the turn of the century to be amongst the best of the firms output.
Duke’s are delighted to be including nine pieces of exceptional early Heals furniture in their auction on 23rd of February. The majority have been consigned by a collector who has been able, by careful acquisition over many years, to amass some of the best examples in existence. Ranging from tables, to mirrors, chairs and wardrobes, estimates range from around £400 up to over £3,000.
Duke’s Auctioneer Matthew Denney commented ‘Heals furniture of this type is incredibly rare, and to have so many pieces in such good condition is really lovely. These pieces will appeal to collectors who admire the Arts and Crafts movement for its simplicity and elegance, and with the strong link to Ambrose Heal himself means they will have an extra allure’.

Dukes Auctioneers: 10th Feb 2017 16:21:00

 


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Forthcoming Fine Art Sales

Ceramics, Glass, Asian Art and Furniture

23rd February 2017

To include the Buxton collection of engraved glass and an important family collection of Charles Gouyn St. James’s Porcelain

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Coins, Militaria and Ephemera

9th March 2017

Last date for entries 27th January 2017.

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Forthcoming General Sales

Avenue Auction

21st February 2017

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14th March 2017

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Previous Fine Art Sales

Jewellery and Silver, Furniture and Works of Art - [8th December Lots 1-739] [9th December Lots 850-1477] -

8th December 2016

This sale will take place on the 8th and 9th December 2016. Thursday 8th December at 10.30am (Lots 1-739) Friday 9th December at 10.30am (Lots 850-1477)

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Asian Art

18th November 2016

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Previous General Sales

Avenue Auction

31st January 2017

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Avenue Auction

10th January 2017

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Featured Lots

  • A FIJIAN 'CANNIBAL FORK' AND SIMILAR LADLE,

    A FIJIAN 'CANNIBAL FORK' AND SIMILAR LADLE,

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  • A PARCEL-GILT AND PARQUETRY BUREAU

    A PARCEL-GILT AND PARQUETRY BUREAU

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  • A FINE GANDHARAN GREY SCHIST BODHISATTVA MAITREYA

    A FINE GANDHARAN GREY SCHIST BODHISATTVA MAITREYA

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  • A FLEMISH WALNUT FIGURE OF THE VIRGIN, probably circa 1500,

    A FLEMISH WALNUT FIGURE OF THE VIRGIN, probably circa 1500,

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  • A GEORGE III MAHOGANY AND MARQUETRY DEMI-LUNE COMMODE

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY AND MARQUETRY DEMI-LUNE COMMODE

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  • AUGUSTUS JOHN OM RA (1878-1961) A portrait study of a gypsy girl, holding a large ewer, oil on canvas, 25" x 20". Provenance: The Hon. Richard Smith, and thence by descent. Private collection, Channel Islands.

    AUGUSTUS JOHN OM RA (1878-1961) A portrait study of a gypsy girl, holding a large ewer, oil on canvas, 25" x 20". Provenance: The Hon. Richard Smith, and thence by descent. Private collection, Channel Islands.

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