Be­spoke Knysna fur­ni­ture is a high­light of week­end sale

Dres­den, Royal Al­bert and Royal Doul­ton col­lecta­bles also on of­fer

Pretoria News - - SPORT -

A LARGE and be­spoke din­ing suite made by a his­toric Knysna fur­ni­ture pro­ducer is among the wide se­lec­tion of fur­ni­ture at Bernardi Auc­tion­eers’ dec­o­ra­tors and col­lec­tors auc­tion in Pre­to­ria to­mor­row.

Note­wor­thy rare items from the col­lec­tion of the late Dr and Mrs MMC de Klerk in­clude:

A be­spoke Jonker of Knysna black stinkwood oval-shaped din­ing ta­ble with moulded edge on heavy cen­tral columns with quadro-pod foot base.

Six­teen match­ing Jonker-pro­duced Carolean-styled shield-back din­ing chairs with carved frame and up­hol­stered os­trich skin seats.

Large match­ing side­board, also by Jonker, with six fit­ted baize-lined cut­lery draw­ers and four raised panel doors.

Carl Bernardi says Knysna’s renowned fur­ni­ture pro­ducer, Japie Jonker, made only three of the din­ing ta­bles that form part of the suite on of­fer.

“The base was hand-fash­ioned out of a solid piece of black stinkwood. ,” Bernardi says.

The orig­i­nal Jonker of Knysna fac­tory is now re­ferred to as “Die Ou Fabriek” on Knysna’s Her­itage Walk. Jonker, a lo­cally-trained cab­i­net maker, bought the prop­erty in 1930 and es­tab­lished a show­room on the main street in front of the fac­tory.

The other Knysna fur­ni­ture item likely to at­tract strong at­ten­tion is a unique red ivory writ­ing ta­ble with shaped top.

The col­lecta­bles in­clude a Copeland Spode Dres­den Rose tea set, Royal Al­bert Moss Rose tea trios and Royal Doul­ton Bur­gundy tea set. Art in­cludes works by Gabriel de Jongh and Chris Tug­well, and a Rem­ing­ton Cow­boy bronze sculp­ture.

The sale is at 65 Thomson Street in Col­byn, with view­ing to­day and to­mor­row be­fore the start of the sale at 10am.

For more de­tails, call Carl Bernardi on 0824451128 or 0124306914 or see www.bernar­diauc­tion­eers.co.za.

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