AN Irish longcase clock made £11,875 at the Spencer House sale in London in July over a top estimate of £4,000. The George III mahogany striking eight day longcase clock was made by George Furnace in Dublin circa 1770. George Furnace is recorded working in Dublin from 1751 to 1781.
The top price of £802,850 at this sale was paid for a pair of George II sabicu and lime open armchairs (pictured right) thought to be designed by James ‘Athenian’ Stuart and probably supplied between 1758-1765.
The sale of the items from Althorp, family home of Princess Diana, raised a total of £21,076,288 at Christie’s in London. Included in this total is furniture, art and porcelain from Spencer House, the family’s London town house until 1924. The 70 lots sold from here brought in £4,857,750.
The top lot from Althorp was A Commander Being Armed for Battle by Sir Peter Paul Rubens which made £9,001,250 – the second highest price for the artist at auction.