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Furniture rarities raise morale

Godwin cabinet and Arbus commode count as the top highlights in West Sussex

Three high-quality sales from the north to the south gave a cheerful air to spring.

The catalogue at Tennants in North Yorkshire (see page 24) pretty much covered the range but in Sussex and Buckinghamshire the emphasis was on furniture.

Topping the March 21 sale at Gorringe’s (21% buyer’s premium) at Lewes and on, was the 1937-40 chiffonier by French designer, sculptor and architect André Arbus (1903-69), pictured far right. Entirely covered in parchment and on a gilt base, another example of the 5ft (1.52m) wide commode took a premium-inclusive €73,950 (then about £53,500) at Aguttes in Paris in June 2015.

The Gorringe’s piece, however, required some highly specialist restoration to both the ivory and the parchment, auctioneer Clifford Lansberry said. He was happy to see it sell to the Paris trade at £20,000 – double the mid-estimate.

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