A rare piece of furniture made here in Grantham will go under the hammer next month at the town’s auction rooms.
Auctioneers Golding Young are using the upcoming sale as an opportunity to encourage young people in the town to become craftsmen, to prevent the craft dying out.
According to the firm, unless traditional woodworking techniques are retained, “we are doomed to a life of mass produced, flat-packed furniture without soul or character”.
Andrew Doubleday, of Grantham auctioneers Golding Young, said: “The rustic work of Amos and his fellow craftsmen are still around today, but unless we take steps we will see less and less of them available for future generations to enjoy.
“Whose furniture will we see in the saleroom in the next 150 years’ time?”
Roll back the years to the 18th and 19th Centuries and Grantham was an industrious hive of activity for chair and cabinet makers including John Amos, Thomas Camm, John Hubbard, William Dolby, John Taylor, to name just a few.
Centred on the Little Gonerby and Manthorpe Road area, a cottage industry evolved devoted to crafting beautiful pieces of woodwork including the Windsor chair. Made in a variety of styles from the comb back to the sack back, each region has its own unique and distinctive differences.
Mr Doubleday said: “A low-back Windsor chair came in to the saleroom recently and I knew straight away by the style it had been crafted locally.
“Every region had slight differences in style. Then when I saw AMOS stamped on the chair I knew without a doubt it was from John Amos of Grantham. It was lovely to see such a rare piece by a Grantham craftsman appear in the saleroom.”
Fast forward in time and the large community of craftsmen dwindled and the cottage industry ran its course; the wealth of creative skill shown from our local craftsman was lost.
Today our talented Grantham craftsmen dwell in the burial ground on Manthorpe Road, a stone’s throw away from where they lived and worked.
The John Amos of Grantham Windsor Chair will be offered for auction on September 3 at The Grantham Auction Rooms where the 150th Anniversary sale is due to take place from 10am.
If you would like to preview the John Amos of Grantham Windsor Chair beforehand, it will be available for viewing on August 30-31 and and September 1 at The Grantham Auction Rooms between 10am and 4pm.
If you would like further information, contact The Grantham Auction Rooms on 01476 565118.