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Fine Furniture From Red Lion Antiques To Be Offered At Bonhams

More than 150 lots of traditional English furniture sourced by the late Rod Wilson, will go on sale at Bonhams Knightsbridge salerooms on 29 April 2008. Rod Wilson was a respected antiques collector who for over 20 years ran a successful antiques business in Petworth, West Sussex. His search for items of innate beauty, character, colour and practicality ensured that Red Lion Antiques became synonymous with the highest quality furniture. The sale features an array of items including, oak dressers, side tables, Windsor chairs and court cupboards as well as a superb collection of 17th century oak chests.

Red Lion Antiques was established by Rod in the early 1980s in the ancient market town of Petworth in West Sussex. Rod specialised in Country oak furniture from the 17th and 18th century, with seven salerooms appropriately located within a period Tudor building. Wilson’s discerning eye and depth of knowledge gave him an international reputation and ensured the loyalty of his impressive client list. An accomplished sailor, Rod also found time to cross the Atlantic a total of nine times. Sadly a few years ago, Rod died in untimely circumstances and since that time his wife has had the task of continuing the business. This sale represents the final chapter of this remarkable firm.

English oak furniture features predominantly in the sale, principally from 17th, 18th and early 19th century, although a number of French examples are also included.

Highlights include:

A George III stained fruitwood dresser, estimate £3,000-5,000
A Charles II oak and princes wood chest, estimate £2,000-3,000
A French provincial oak and chestnut farmhouse table, estimate £800-1,200
A William and Mary oak chest, estimate £800-1,200
An early 18th century Welsh oak deudarn, estimate £2,000-3,000
A George II oak bureau cabinet circa 1740, estimate £2,500-3,500

The sale also includes a number of decorative objects including treen, copper kitchenalia, mirrors, tea caddies and prints. Items estimated at below £500 will carry no reserve.