June 21, 2021
Rare Prince of Wales Investiture Chair to go under the hammer
A Prince of Wales Investiture Chair is among more than 550 items being auctioned from an historic Welsh hall this week.
The complete contents of Fronfelen Hall, once part of an 800-acre estate in the Snowdonia and amassed by the same family since 1826, are being auctioned this week.
The items from the hall at Corris, Gwynedd, range from original paintings to antique furniture, including the investiture chair.
Fronfelen Hall was once part of a large estate that included several slate mines. The auction has been organised by auctioneers and estate agents Morris, Marshall and Poole with Norman Lloyd and Welshpool Livestock Sales.
The auction is taking place online from Friday, 11 June until 6pm on Thursday, 17 June. A viewing day is being held on Tuesday, 15 June.
The Prince of Wales Investiture Chair was one of 4,000 made in South Wales for the investiture of Prince Charles at Caernarfon Castle in 1969. The chairs are rarely found for sale, often kept by the same families since the royal ceremony.
Made in vermillion-stained beech and plywood, it is embossed with the Prince of Wales motif in gold leaf and upholstered in Welsh tweed.
Its guide price is £200 to £300. However, on the rare times such a chair has come to auction they have often sold for more.
A wide range of antiques and collectibles
Other items include a 1920s Grandfather Clock, an Edwardian Mahogany dresser, a Chinese barrel seat, a William Strutt (1825 – 1915) oil on canvas, and gold sovereigns.
“This is an amazing collection of items amassed at Fronfelen Hall. It is like taking a step back in time. The Prince of Wales Investiture Chair is, perhaps, one of the more interesting items,” said Tony Evans, a Partner at MMP/NL.
“The collection is wide and varied, from furniture to paintings and more modern items. We’re anticipating significant interest in most of the collection not only from the UK but from throughout the world.”
The auction is being held at the-saleroom.com where lots can be viewed and bid on.