Adam’s Last Auction Highlights Period Furniture and Decorative Arts


Adam’s summer sales season begins with the door-to-door auction taking place on Tuesday, June 14 at 11 a.m. The character of this sale is to offer a range of quality period furniture, silverware, decorative arts and paintings that can be incorporated into a contemporary home. Antiques can add another dimension to our surroundings, enriching the character of our homes.

When the company enters the summer season, the catalog opens with a number of lots for the garden. Cast iron benches painted white (Lots 1 1,000 – €1,500 and 5 1,800 – €2,200) or set of chairs and table (lot 2,600 – €1,000) and a beautiful Victorian garden urn which would serve wonderfully as a planter (Lot 3 € 1,000 – 1,500).

For the pieces intended for the hallway and entrance rooms, a Victorian umbrella and cane stand (lot 8,300 – €400) and a few rosewood canes to accompany it (lot 13,250 – €350); an elegant mahogany hat and coat rack (lot €12,400-600); for a slightly more unusual find, an Edwardian post cabinet in oak and brass (lot 14,400 – €600). A particularly pretty provincial willow wood console table (lot 28,800 – €1,200) would be a nice addition to an entryway.

There are a number of Persian rugs on sale which would be suitable as upholstery for wooden hallway floors (lot 17,700 – €1,000; lot 42,500 – €800; lot 404,400 – €600).

For collectors of vintage designer luggage, there are two sets of Louis Vuitton suitcases (lot 10 €1,500 – €2,000 & lot 11,500 – €800), one is instantly recognizable with the LV logo, and the larger of the two also comes with monogrammed wooden hangers. The other is a smaller, older example in plain brown leather and is covered in stickers, souvenirs from past trips. These lots reflect a time when travel was more luxurious – because it was also a luxury not available to everyone – where people traveled in style by train or boat. In a contemporary setting, they can be used as storage trunks in bedrooms or hallways.

This sale features a number of beautiful cut glass chandeliers. For homes with high ceilings, there are two examples of nine-spoke Waterford “Lismore” (lots 25 and 26 £1,500 – 2,000). As well as an elegant pair of six-branch baluster chandeliers with candlesticks (lot 374 3000 – 5000 €).

Other highlights of the sale include two impressive overmantel mirrors (Lot 18 €1,500 – 2,500 & Lot 34 €3,000 – 5,000).

On the more contemporary side, there is a range of sofas and sofas, including two elegant Duresta Trafalgar patterned sofas, both upholstered in rich gold velvet (lots 299 €1,000 – €1,500 & 300 €1,500 – €2,000); a three-seater chesterfield sofa in red leather (lot €247,500 – 800) a modern take on a classic design; a pair of brown leather club armchairs (lot 249 €2,000 – 3,000) or for the more colorful ones, a bright blue floral two-seater sofa (lot 410 €400 – 600).

Among the smaller decorative objects, pretty English porcelain vases (lot 457 150 – €250, lot 458 150 – €250 and 462 400 – €600). There is also a wonderful collection of miniature Victorian copper kitchen utensils used by a seller as prototypes for the larger examples (lot 500 200 – 300).
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