Friday, 02 June, 2017 - Modified on Wednesday, 07 June, 2017 at 5:41 am
Lucian R Ercolani, or the "Old Man" as he is affectionately known in the company, founded Ercol in 1920. Born in Italy in 1888, Lucian's family moved to London in the 1890s. There he went to night school at the Shoreditch Technical Institute where he studied drawing, design and the theory and construction of furniture. In 1907 he made his first piece of furniture - a musical cabinet, inlaid with mother of pearl. Years later the company tracked this down and still have it to this day.
Between 1910 to 1920, The Old Man worked in the design teams for what would later become Parker Knoll and G-Plan, before founding Ercol in 1920. He designed the company's products for many years. The Windsor range remains one of our most popular ranges over half a century after it was first launched in its original guise, whilst a few years ago we reintroduced some of Lucian's classic designs, which now form the Ercol Originals.
Furniture was designed for the Living Room, Dining Room and the Bedroom to suite any style from formal or casual, contemporary or traditional and now new designs for the modern day.
Range names from Adrano, Cosenza, Teramo, Bosco, Capena, Evergreen, Chesham, Marino, Renaissance, Romana and the most common that you may know is Windsor with exclusive ranges to big retailers such as John Lewis, Next, White Company and Furniture Village.
Through the auction market the sale on Ercol in recent years has got stronger and stronger with high prices being achieved.
Our most recent sale we had a price battle against the room bidders and the internet bidders for the Ercol Elm spindle back Windsor chair which sold for hammer price £260, An Ercol Blonde Elm room divider/shelves sold for hammer price £480, An Ercol Light Elm rectangular extending dining table with two extra leaves and six matching spindle back chairs sold for hammer price £900.
We hold a free valuation service every Tuesday 9.30am – 4.00pm at The Lichfield Auction Centre, Wood End Lane, Fradley Park, Lichfield, WS13 8NF. For larger items or house clearance please contact us to book an appointment for a home visit.
Forthcoming Sale Dates
25th March: 9.00am - 4.00pm
Sale days: Tuesday 26th March 8.30am - 12.00noon
19th March: 9.00AM - 4.00PM
Sale days: FROM 8.30AM