Stowmarket auctioneer Bishop & Miller set for rare period oak and country furniture sale

Oliver Miller of Stowmarket-based auctioneers firm Bishop & Miller.

Oliver Miller of Stowmarket-based auctioneers firm Bishop & Miller. - Credit: Archant

Nearly 750 lots will be going under the hammer when Stowmarket auctioneers firm Bishop & Miller holds its first specialist sale of 2016 on Saturday, April 16.

Lower-end estimates for items in the period oak and country furniture auction – to be held at the firm’s salerooms on the Charles Industrial Estate in Stowmarket and said to be one of only a few of its kind in the country – range from £20 to £3,000.

A range of Medieval lots due to appear includes a dug-out coffer, which is estimated at £400 to £600, but perhaps he most intriguing item is a chest dating from around 1600 which carries etchings used to ward off witches and evil spirits from entering the home and is estimated at £800 to £1,200.

Also in the sale is a rare George III burr elm “chest on chest” featuring a concave cornice with two short cross banded drawers above six cross banded long drawers, all raised on later ogee bracket feet, which is estimated at £3,000 to £5,000.

Oliver Miller, managing director of Bishop & Miller, which is entering its second year of trading, said: “I am very much looking forward holding our first ever and the region’s first country and oak sale. To be the first in the region is very exciting for our business; we have attracted some interesting lots as part of our sale and on auction day there is going to be a real buzz in the room.”

The sales starts at 9.30am with viewing from 8.30am on the day, and on the three preceding days from 9.30am to 4.30pm on the Wednesday and Friday and from 9.30am to 7.30pm on the Thursday.