On March 7 in Oxford, Bonhams disperses a collection of carriages and coaches that was unique in its kind and extent. Lot 221, estimated £ 200K, is a traveling landau delivered in 1835 by Adams and Hooper to the Royal Mews for the use of King William IV.
It is not known whether this carriage was actually used by the royal family but it was designed for noble travelers with the socially necessary separation between patrons and coachman. Simpler vehicles which have not followed had been planned for servants and luggage.
This landau has been carefully restored in the original luxury of its decorations and equipment by a painstaking collector, offering the dream of an obsolete time when every trip was an adventure.