Rare antique furniture to go on show in Masham

Philip Gregory, from the NCEFA, with a  caned chair from 1690-1715  worth around �400-�600. (GL 1696)
Philip Gregory, from the NCEFA, with a caned chair from 1690-1715 worth around �400-�600. (GL 1696)

A business specialising in rare pieces of furniture dating back more than 500 years has set up its base in Masham and holds its first sale this month.

The National Centre for Early Furniture and Art (NCEFA), based at Swinton Park, will hold its inaugural sale of early English oak furniture, entitled The Age of Oak, in East Sussex after the pieces are given a public preview at the main site in Masham from October 10-13.

Senior director Caroline Forster said: “The NCEFA specialises in what is broadly considered to be the earliest available English furniture.

“The company firmly believes that providing an understanding of it transcends beyond that of simply monetary investment, but also to heritage, conservation and cultural understanding.”

The sale includes a rare example of an English Oak canopied press cupboard documented by the late Victor Chinnery, made in West Yorkshire during the end of the 17th century with an estimate of £20,000 - £25,000.

There’s also a pair of Charles II period dressers, and interesting rare examples of simple country furniture from the Shetland Islands – which have been documented by Dr Adam Bowett, author of English Furniture - Charles II to Queen Anne – will also be on sale.

Based in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, NCEFA is the first UK specialist centre dedicated to oak, walnut, and japanned furniture made between the dates of 1500 -1900.

The main NCEFA offices and the first working gallery opened in July of this year for the acceptance of consignments and valuations for the NCEFA portfolio of 2013-2014 sales.

Building restoration continues and the saleroom will be fully open to the public for sales in 2016.

Following the preview in Masham, the Age of Oak sale sale will take place on October 23 at Gorringes, the NCEFA’s associate auctioneers in East Sussex.

The previews in Masham take place at the following times: Thursday, October 10 – 10am-4pm; Friday, October 11 – 10am-7pm; Saturday, October 12 – 10am-5pm; Sunday, October 13 – 10am-4pm.