A large mahogany antique bookcase realised £9,500 at Gerard’s auction rooms on March 3rd – considerably more than that realised by the antique cabinets and Victorian dining chairs . Lancashire collectors weren’t slow to realise the worth of the magnificent piece, dated1805. The gilt bronze figural mounts were signed Bertrand Andrieu (1761 – 1822), a famous engraver and furniture restorer who worked from Bordeaux in France. Just across the border at Bonham’s, Chester, a rare Victorian dining table sold for £4,200 on March 7th. Collectors of antique marquetry furniture in Lancashire would have recognised the radial yew veneering, chequer inlay and shamrock and thistle decoration as Killarney marquetry, which flourished from the 1830s to the 1860s. Larger Killarney pieces are rare (although smaller antique desks are seen in Lancashire sale rooms occasionally) making this piece a rarity.
As in Lancashire, antique dining tables were popular at Bonham’s, with one Victorian wind-out table realising £2,280. A set of Victorian dining chairs, estimated at £1,500 – £2,000, failed to find a buyer. However, an antique armchair fashioned from the timbers of a vessel briefly used as a flagship by Admiral Lord Nelson sailed in at £6,000 under the hammer. Among the antique cabinets, a magnificent black-lacquer Chinoiserie corner unit, decorated with Oriental figures, birds and foliage, realised over £4,000. A Gillows Canterbury, which sold for £2,760, also interested buyers from Lancashire.
If you are looking for high quality antique dining tables, antique chests or Victorian dining chairs, Cumbria and Preston have a large number of reputable antique dealers to choose from.
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