The fortunes of Penrith and Kidd continue to rise – especially in the area of antique chests. The Cumbrian auction house and valuers has a name you’d normally associate with cattle sales. However, PFK also host three Antiques and Collectors auctions each year. At one recent auction, held on 30th November, an impressive ebony antique chest-on-stand went under the hammer for £6400 (estimated price £3000 – 5000.) The sale was the final one for 2011.
Cumbria is a treasure trove of fine furniture, with dealers often travelling up from London to place their bids. Internet trade has spread the net still further; an earlier sale attracted buyers from Australia, Canada, the Philippines and China, to name a few. Again, it was an antique chest which caused the most stir in the furniture section, with a locally sourced mahogany serpentine-fronted George III example going under the hammer for £15,000 – cheerfully, to a local dealer in Cumbria.
The antique chest was a finely carved and moulded 17th century example, in the Dutch or Portuguese manner, which no doubt attracted European buyers. Almost as impressive was a George II burr elm antique chest-of drawers with a moulded and quarter veneered top and herring bone borders, which sold for £3500. A yew-wood chest of the same period, with an estimate of £800 – 1200, also found a buyer.
For Preston antique dealers, however, the main prize was the one Gillows piece in the sale – an 18th century antique cabinet. Made by Lancashire craftsman Isaac Greenwood, it realised £3500 against an upper estimate of £2500.
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