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Princess Chair And Rare Stone Carving Sold At Auction


10:25am 6th December 2014

Yesterday two pieces of history have gone under the hammer at Duke's in Dorchester.

A 200 year old chair that was owned by a French princess and a rare Anglo Saxon carving nearly fetched £10,000 between them.

But a Roman sarcophagus valued at £25,000 didn't manage to find a buyer.

The Anglo Saxon carving was discovered by complete chance by its owner when he was buying some stone for his garden for just £50.

Guy Schwinge from Duke's Auctioneers said: "The Anglo Saxon stone is an important find and the stylistic vocabulary on the cross is indicative of an Anglo Saxon origin and it probably dates from the 9th or 10th century."

"These lots show just what value can be found in gardens across the country."
"Previously we sold a Renaissance statue for £250,000 that was discovered in a garden shed."

The chair originally belonged to Princess Marie Antoinette Murat (1793-1847) who was related to Napoleon.

It's thought to date from around 1810 and is typical for the style that became favourable during the Napoleonic reign, for example, the intricately caned seat, gilt paintwork and Egyptian-head decorated legs.

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