New furniture and antiques venture combines auctions and retail

Former Bonhams specialists launch "The Pedestal"

A new take on the auction house / online marketplace has launched, founded by two former Bonhams specialists and focussing on antique furniture. An inaugural auction, to be held on 18th October at Hertfordshire’s Palladian landmark Moor Park Mansion, features some quite tasty lots including a writing desk once owned by theatre doyen David Garrick.

The Pedestal bills itself as “a new 21st century destination for buying and selling fine antique furniture and objects of distinction”. It’s been started by a team including Guy Savill and Sally Stratton, formerly of Bonhams auction house, and film industry veteran Philip Solomons (formerly head of International Business Affairs for Paramount Pictures).

You may have seen Stratton as an occasional expert on the BBC’s Bargain Hunt series; she’s also a former department director at Bonhams and a RICS-accredited chartered surveyor.

Savill is the former UK head of furniture and works of art for Bonhams, with a particular interest in the furniture market from the 16th to mid-20th centuries.

The new platform has two arms: an auction division allows buyers to bid in person, online, through commission bids or on the telephone at auction events (launching in October); a fixed price online platform (launching in November) will be available 365 days of the year, with viewings in person by appointment, and a team of specialists researching, cataloguing and marketing each item. This bit of the business is aimed at both trade and private vendors.

Sally Stratton: “Launching The Pedestal gave us the opportunity to take a fresh look at how best to showcase fine furniture, works of art and other objects. We couldn’t be more excited to be holding our first auction in the stunning setting of Moor Park.”

Inaugural sale highlights

The Pedestal’s first auction takes place on 18th October, with viewing at Moor Park Mansion from 15-th-18th October.