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Nothing much done to preserve city's heritage furniture

While the heritage furniture is lying rotting at many places in the city, the Chicago-based auction house Wright auction has been earning crores by auctioning it. The idea can be gathered from the fact that the auction house earned about `3 crore last year by selling 23 furniture items designed by Le Corbusier's cousin Pierre Jeanneret that belonged to the city.

punjab Updated: Feb 09, 2014 23:51 IST
Jyotsna Jalali

While the heritage furniture is lying rotting at many places in the city, the Chicago-based auction house Wright auction has been earning crores by auctioning it. The idea can be gathered from the fact that the auction house earned about `3 crore last year by selling 23 furniture items designed by Le Corbusier's cousin Pierre Jeanneret that belonged to the city.


The lone move by the UT administration so far to preserve the heritage furniture has been to ask all institutions to form an inventory of such items with them. This too was announced way back in 2011 and since then nothing much has been done.

Those from the committee inform that they are documenting the inventory list under different types of furniture and so far they have identified 130 types.

Informing, a member from the committee to look at such heritage furniture Pradip Bhagat from Chandigarh College of Architecture said, "The committee hasn't decided when to start the repair work. We are yet documenting the inventory. Our college will be taking up the work and all institutions can send us their furniture for repair."

Meanwhile, the furniture that was sold by the auction house included those from Chandigarh assembly, Panjab University, Chandigarh College of Architecture and even Punjab and Haryana high court.

The maximum amount by the said auction house was earned during its auction held on October 17, 2013, where the furniture items were sold for about a crore. Most sold have been the arm and lounge chairs.

Speaking to HT, city-based architect Surinder Bagha, who is also a nominated councillor, said, "Making just an inventory will not help, rather the administration should involve some experts who volunteer to be part of this committee to preserve furniture. Only those who have interest can actually come up with concrete plans on conserving furniture. Also, the committee, which is toothless, should be given powers and recommendations it makes should be accepted."

UT chief architect Sumit Kaur said the administration was working on ways and means to preserve the heritage items. "Now, that the inventory has been made, the repair work and conservation of these furniture items will be initiated."

Sec-17 buildings may get uniform colour
The Chandigarh heritage conservation committee that has been set up by the administration will be soon decide a uniform colour for the exterior façade of all buildings in Sector 17. The colour will be decided once final recommendations are approved by the committee which is being headed by UT adviser KK Sharma.

Auctions by Wright's in 2013
Dec 12: Six items were sold for approximately `83 lakh
Oct 17: Nine items were sold for about `1.3 crore
June 6: Five items sold for `60 lakh
March 28: Three items sold for `42 lakh