Lancashire antique dealers may soon have items with royal provenance for sale. Between March 14th and 17th, around 10,000 items from the estate of the late Queen Juliana of the Netherlands went under the hammer at Sotheby’s, Amsterdam, raising 2,674,892 EUR for charity. The estimated value of the collection was 1m – 1.5m. Estimates were often low, started at just 25 Euros. However, Queen Juliana was a much-loved monarch, and with the proceeds of the sale (organised by her children) going to five worthy charities bidding was high. Telephone bidders from Cumbria and Lancashire saw antique chests, Victorian dining tables and antique desks with estimates as low as 100 Euros go under the hammer for many times this amount.
The star lot was a Chinese silver-gilt tea service of the Qing dynasty, estimated at 30 – 50,000 EUR, which made 204,750 EUR with buyer’s premium. Enthusiasts of antique marquetry furniture in Cumbria saw a “Grand Bazar Royal” screen hammered down for 54, 750 EUR from an estimate of 6- 8000 euros. A German brass-mounted fruitwood and oak marquetry antique chest, estimated at just 50 – 100 euros sold for 2,125 EUR.
Dealers of Victorian dining chairs in Preston saw several sets of Van Doren antique dining chairs easily exceed their estimates of 10,000 – 15,000 EUR, while an antique dining table estimated at 150—200 euros sold for 4,000 EUR. Those bidding for a bargain antique desk from Lancashire saw bidding rise to 2,750 from an estimate of just 100—200 EUR, for one Renaissance-style bureau.
In Cumbria, antique desks and Victorian dining chairs of equal quality to Sotheby’s can be purchased from Preston antique dealers – but look out for items with genuine Royal Dutch provenance.
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