By: Alexa Fox

 PAIR of rare Chinese chairs from the18th century caused a stir at an auction house by selling at £23,000 – smashing their guide price.

The chairs went under the hammer at Elstob & Elstob’s recent Fine Art, Antiques and Jewellery Sale.

They had a guide price of between £4,000 and £6,000 but there was fierce telephone bidding for the lot at the sale, which eventually went to a UK trader.

Constructed from scarce padouk timber, the elegantly carved chairs are an early example of hardwood furniture made in China to an English design, in this case the renowned London cabinetmaker Giles Grendey.

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