Furniture auction after Webster Street mansion sells

IMAGINE your regular-sized kitchen table is capable of extending to fit the grandest dining room and can comfortably seat 16.

Now imagine that same table being more than 130 years old.

The table is one of about 350 historic items which used to reside inside Glenholme, an 1870s grand Victorian residence on Webster Street which is believed to have sold for more than $2 million on October 31.

The home’s asking price was reduced from $2.5 million to $2.25 million, but was sold with the sale price undisclosed.

The furniture inside Glenholme – including the grand table, a three-metre linen closet and a 100-piece hand painted china dinner set – will go under the hammer at Kittelty’s Auction Rooms in Sebastopol on Sunday.

Auctioneer Dean Kittelty will sell the Glenholme items among 1400 antiques at his monthly auctions from 10.30am. He said he expected the table to fetch thousands at auction.

“The reality is this table is one of the best pieces of furniture we’ve ever seen,” he said.

“It’s got six leaves – the vast majority of tables you see have either two or three leaves – this is so big it even has another set of legs.” Mr Kittelty said the table would have been made in 1880 and would likely fetch between $5000 and $6000.

“We’ve had interest from all over Australia,” he said.

“I’ve had people from Sydney on the phone, we’ve had people from Adelaide on the phone – we’ll get between 350 and 400 people here.”

A set two chairs and a table which existed in a Victorian-era “drawing room” is also expected to generate bidding of at least $1000.

Anybody can register to bid on the day the day and join in on the auction. For more information, call Kittelty’s Auction Rooms on 5332 2899.

jordan.oliver@thecourier.com.au

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