Three auctions in March in London have Ince & Mayhew furniture for sale.
At Christie’s, London on 9th March there is the sale of items from Linley Hall, Shropshire: Property from The Collection of The Late Sir Jasper & Lady More. This includes a set of four George III giltwood open armchairs by Ince & Mayhew 1774 – estimate £15,000 to £25,000. The Lot Notes are interesting, revealing that the chairs are part of a suite of seat-furniture supplied to Sir Thomas Edwardes (d. 1785) for the Drawing Room of his London mansion in Portman Square. The firm was responsible for the refurbishment of the principal rooms. The seat-furniture is recorded in an estimate and invoice dated 22 August 1774. There is also a George III mahogany serpentine serving-table (1770-1780) estimate £20,00 to £30,000 and a pair of giltwood stools estimate £5000 to £8000 one attributed to Ince & Mayhew 1774, the other 20th century.
Sotheby’s are holding an auction on 8th March called Pelham, The Public and the Private. It includes a George III satinwood, harewood and tulipwood breakfront bookcase, circa 1780, attributed to Mayhew and Ince, estimate £40,000 to £60,000, and a pair of George III harewood, satinwood and fruitwood floral marquetry inlaid cabinets-on-stands, circa 1790, attributed to Ince & Mayhew, estimate £20,000 to £30,000. The bookcase was ‘almost certainly made for Henry Temple, 2nd Viscount Palmerston (1739–1802) for Broadlands House, Hampshire’ and is ‘possibly one of the 'Two Comode Bookcases in Satton Wood' listed in the Book Room in the Inventory of furniture and household items at Broadlands, 1786’.
Bonhams have a Britain Defining the Interior auction on 9th March which includes a fine George III sycamore, harewood and tulipwood banded bowfront marquetry dressing commode attributed to Mayhew and Ince, estimate £20,000 to £30,000.
I hope to view some of these items before the auctions, as it is always enjoyable to see furniture made by my ancestor.
Sarah Ingle is the great great great great grand-daughter of William Ince and has been researching her family history for a number of years. She thoroughly enjoyed the detective work involved in tracing William’s lineage.