An enticing selection of furniture will feature in Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s forthcoming antiques auction on Thursday, September 5, at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

Entries have come from far and wide and will be on view today (Saturday, August 31.)  A pair of Windsor chairs, in the Mendlesham design, are the pick among the fine items of furniture consigned.

The precise origins of the Mendlesham style of Windsor chair are not known for certain.  However the design first began to appear in the early 1800s, probably in the village of Mendlesham, mid Suffolk.

At this time, there was a family furniture making business in Mendlesham, run by the Day family. One,possibly two, of the Day sons are reputed to have trained in London with Sheraton, prior to returning to the family business. At this point, the first Mendlesham style Windsor chairs started to appear.

 The design of the chair can be attributed to the Suffolk area through the use of a twin cross rail in the back, separated with three turned bobbins. The Mendlesham chair includes cabinetmakers joints in its construction; the only style of Windsor chair to do so. It is also reputed to be the most comfortable of the Windsor chairs.

Other furniture on offer includes a wide selection of chairs and tables along with a number of attractive country pieces.

Among the choice items are a number from a farmhouse. These include a George III oak chest on stand, which is guided at £400-£600. A 19th Century fruitwood cricket table, which has an estimate of £300-£500 and a George III elm box settle, the seat with two hinged lids, which has a pre-sale guide of £200-£300.

The sale will be on view this Saturday, August 31, from 9am-12.30pm and again on Tuesday, September 3, and Wednesday, September 4. The quarterly collectors’ sale, which takes place on Friday, September 6, will also be showcased at the same time.

Both sales commence at 10am. For more information please contact the salerooms on 01823 332525.