Cambridgeshire, UK - A collection from the internationally-renowned Fulham architectural antiques business, T. Crowther & Sons, is to be sold at Cheffins Fine Art on the 14th June, lots 698-778 estimated at £70,000 - £100,000
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Consisting of over 80 pieces of rare architectural items, sculpture, fire furniture and garden urns, the collection will be offered on behalf of Richard Crowther, great grandson of the founder of the company.
T. Crowther and Sons was founded in 1880 in Fulham, London, and became renowned as one of the most important architectural and garden antiques firms in the capital. Richard Crowther joined the firm in 1969 and continued the family business until its closure in 1992. Mr Crowther continued in the family tradition and selectively acquired a wide range of fine and rare architectural items and antiques, many of which were exhibited at The Grovesnor House Fair. This famous family business was well established before the First World War.
The company divided into two London sections in the 1940s with Bert Crowther at Syon Lodge, Isleworth, and Tommy Crowther in Fulham. The post-war years saw a boom for T. Crowther and Sons as bomb-damaged buildings were repaired or demolished, allowing the company to buy large quantities of chimneypieces, panelling and garden ornaments from both country houses and some of London’s finest homes.
Luke Macdonald, Director, Cheffins comments: “With almost half a century of experience, Richard Crowther has amassed one of the finest collections of its type. He has a knowledge and expertise which is respected universally by private clients, interior and garden designers and museums and institutions. We are delighted to have been instructed to offer the remaining stock from the T. Crowther & Sons business as well as Mr Crowther’s personal collection of antiques, chimney pieces, sculpture and works of art.”
One of the highlights of the collection is a rare early 18th century lead wine cistern, with scenes from Ovid’s Metamorphoses which is expected to make from £15,000 - £20,000. Of the four antique chimneypieces on offer, a late 18th century marble chimneypiece depicting Vestal Virgins is the most prized and carries an estimate of £7,000 - £10,000. Other highlights include a 19th century marble bust of Anne of Cleves; two terracotta busts with estimates of £4,000 - £6,000 and a series of fenders, andirons, bellows and antique fire grates.
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