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Commissioned by Veuve Clicquot; c.1870, Barouche Coachwork by A Blin, Toulouse, France. Estimate £20,000 - 25,000 (€27,000 - 34,000). Photo Bonhams

OXFORD- A Barouche and a Waggonette Break used in the 19th century by the rival champagne houses Veuve Clicquot and Moët & Chandon will feature in the Carriage Collection auction at Bonhams Oxford on 7 March.

Finished in black and shades of pale cream, the Light Sporting Waggonette Break is estimated at £20,000-25,000. Commissioned in 1890 by the eldest of the two champagne houses, Moët & Chandon, this type of Waggonette was most commonly built for hunting and shooting outings, and this example also features a storage area used for transporting dogs and a bottle or two of Moët & Chandon's finest.

In spite of its years, the Barouche is also in wonderful condition. Similarly estimated at £20,000-25,000, the 145 year-old coach has been carefully restored, and now boasts a beautiful navy blue body with cream silk interior – a styling likely to have caught the eyes of Veuve Clicquot when it was commissioned in 1870.

'The collection has been restored to an excellent standard,' said Rob Hubbard, Motoring Specialist at Bonhams. 'Still in working order, there's certainly potential for the carriages and coaches to once again go out on the road as they'd originally been intended.'