Commode proves the top lot

A wide variety of items went under the hammer.

A wide variety of items went under the hammer.

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Stride and Son Auctioneers offered 881 lots in their recent auction at their Southdown House Saleroom in Chichester.

As usual the sale included a wide abundance of varied items with something to tempt everyone.

Top lot on the day was a Louis XV commode, exotically veneered in kingwood and tulipwood and with gilt bronze handles and embellishments.

A commode is the French name for a chest of drawers and the rarity of this one was increased by the fact that it bore the stamp of the original maker, Charles Chevallier (1703-1771).

It sold to a member of the South Coast furniture trade for £5,000.

The high end luxury goods produced by Louis Vuitton do not feature at auction often but when they do prices can be high.

Here an old leather travelling trunk fetched £2,700 whilst two smaller suitcases fetched £680 apiece. As with most things at auction condition and originality will play a large part in establishing what any willing buyer is prepared to pay. A particularly early Louis Vuitton trunk in good condition recently fetched £30,000 at auction!

Amongst the jewellery on offer was a diamond solitaire ring weighing approximately 1.5 carats.

The stone was of good colour and clarity and despite the fact that it required remounting sold for £3,000.

Elsewhere a matched set of sixteen 19th century mahogany dining chairs fetched £3,500 and a very large early 20th century Turkish carpet measuring 614 x 403cm sold for £2,800.

Strides next auction will be held on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd March.

The first day will be host to silver, electroplate, watches and jewellery whilst the general antique sale will be held on the following day.