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Scammells are offering a rare late 19th Century Dining Suite for auction at their next Showcase Sale on the evening of Monday 26th February at 6pm

Fourteen Piece Suite,

Made by J.D Heymann, Hamburg, Neur Wall 42

C 1880


The break fronted sideboard

made of Italian walnut with a

painted tooled Cordoban leather 'Bacchus' scene

with one of the nymphs that nursed bacchus or his aunt, Ino.

To the left stand two children or 'Putti'.

On either side of the scene are two mounted carved satyrs.

Underneath is a servery over three doors and drawers.


The dining table and chairs

also made of Italian walnut extends with the patented mechanism,

patented in the Sydney International Exhibition, 1879

Each one of the twelve chairs depicts one of the twelve zodiacs,

hand tooled on Cordoban leather.


The manufacturing firm of J.D Heymann was highly regarded in Hamburg at the beginning of the 20th century. In 1901 they produced furniture from the designs of Peter Behrens, an important figure for the modernist movement. The designs were shown at an exhibition, 'A Document to German Art', sponsored by the Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig of Hesse, in 1901.


On the 9th and 10th of November 1938, J.D Heymann's business was liquidated in the 'Aryanization of Hamburg'. The building at Neur Wall 42 and all other documents and furniture was destroyed.


The Suite was exhibited in the Centennial Melbourne Exhibition, 1888

where it won a first order of merit, gold medal.


The suite was originally purchased by a Mr Miller of Mt Lofty Adelaide, prior to World War One and changed hands several times until re-purchased by Horace Miller (Mr Millers son). It had been sent to Christies but bought back to Australia prior to being sold.


Table: Length 376cm Width 126cm Height 77cm

Sideboard: Height 287cm Length 223cm Depth 66cm