It has become an annual tradition for eager discount-hunters to queue overnight for the Next Boxing Day sale – and this yr was no exception. In certain areas, the numbers of objects may be small but include notably rich examples, as of 18th-century furnishings from the German states and fifteenth-century Italian furniture. It has typically been the case that the interests of other our bodies have primarily been in British furniture and largely (actually until recently) items made before 1900.
Considerations of space must at all times inform acquisition and it is because of this that sure kinds of furniture (e.g. beds, large bookcases, office furnishings, or in depth units of furniture) might only be represented by a number of examples in the collection.
Although furniture dominates, there are also substantial holdings of interior architectural woodwork and smaller, though essential, holdings of musical devices, leather, treen and papier-mâché. Furnishings in … Read More