Dukes Gallery
Dukes Gallery
Dukes Gallery
Dukes Gallery

‘Out of Wood’

An exhibition of fine contemporary furniture designed and made in the south west
17 September to 2 October 2019
Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.00pm
Private View Friday 20 September, 6 to 8pm

An exhibition of fine contemporary furniture, designed by some of the most talented furniture makers in the south west of England, will feature in The Gallery at Duke’s.  The ‘Out of Wood’ exhibition is being organised by The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishing industry, in partnership with Duke’s and will feature 12 exquisite pieces of furniture – all made of wood.
The curated exhibition will present a distinct range of pieces of varying styles from seven exceptional makers that demonstrate the versatility, beauty and character of wooden furniture.

The seven makers exhibiting - a mixture of established names and new talent - are Byron & Gomez, Charles Dedman, Matthew Burt, Ronald Emett, Simon Pirie, Tom Kealy, and Williams & Cleal. Each of them has been awarded a Bespoke Guild Mark or Design Guild Mark by the Company at some point in their careers, in recognition of excellence in design.

David Dewing, Past Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company and organiser of the event, says: “Our aim is to demonstrate the extraordinary talent in furniture design and making which exists not only in the south west but across the country. Often pieces are made for private clients and are never shown to a wider public, so this exhibition provides an opportunity for people to see and be inspired by seven exceptional makers. It might encourage young people to consider the furniture industry as a career and the makers will hopefully attract a few new clients. We are especially grateful to Duke’s for helping to make this possible.”

Lee Young, Managing Director of Duke's Fine Art Auctioneers, says: “We are delighted to host the ‘Out of Wood’ exhibition and enable high quality examples of excellent workmanship to be enjoyed here at Duke’s Auctioneers. We look forward to offering a selection of pieces in the Art and Design Post 1850 auction on Thursday 26 September and provide an opportunity to a wider audience to purchase exquisite pieces by Guild Mark holders of The Furniture Makers’ Company.”
The Private View will be held on Friday 20 September, 6-8pm, entry by RSVP to [email protected]

A selection of the works in the exhibition are included in Duke’s ‘Art and Design Post 1850’ on Thursday 26 September.


The Gallery at Duke's

Duke’s have a dedicated exhibition space at its flagship premises at Brewery Square, which holds a number of exhibitions running throughout the year to complement the firm’s auction calendar.

Exhibitions over the past 12 months have included an exhibition by internationally renowned artist Julian Bailey and a showcase of British portrait talent in the Semblance exhibition, which was produced in collaboration with The Arts Academy in London.

As one of the oldest firms in Dorchester, Duke’s says it is pleased to add a new string to its bow and to showcase some of the brightest local talent.

Duke's partner Garry Batt commented said: “The Gallery has gone from strength to strength in its inaugural year.

“We are pleased to have shown a diverse range of art, and proud to have provided Dorchester with access to some brilliant art and artists, both from Dorset and further afield.”

The venue has also been used by a range of local companies and community organisations such as the Family Counselling Trust, Dorset Opera, the Dorchester Literary Festival and Dorset Visual Arts.

The flexible space was also used by Duke’s to showcase the stunning Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Volante, sold for £754,000 in June 2017.

For more information, or to enquire about exhibiting, please contact Lynn Strover on 01305 265080 or email [email protected]