20 Apr 2021
July 29, 2011 - Filed under: Antique Tables,Victorian Dining Chairs — David

There’s one disadvantage to bidding for antique furniture at auction: what if you’re in Preston, but the Victorian oak pedestal desk you want so badly is at a sale room in Penrith?  1818 Auctioneers in Cumbria reckon they’ve solved the problem, by putting all their antiques auctions live online. Customers can access the virtual catalogues, place bids and watch everything that’s going on in the auction room.

Online auctions are becoming increasingly popular with salerooms and customers alike. For a small fee, they can even be listed in auction directories which can then link them to bidders nationwide. If a dealer wants a specific item – a certain Victorian balloon back dining chair , for example – he can find likely sources with just a few clicks. Simples!

In areas like the Ribble Valley, Arts & Crafts furniture is hotly sought after, but often hard to locate. Online auctions remove this problem – for both dealers and their clients. In June, hot bidding both on and offline resulted in a pair of Victorian Arts & Crafts chairs being sold for £1100, in the 1818 saleroom. In the forthcoming August sale, a pair of Arts & Crafts dining chairs in the style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh are already gaining interest online. If they turn out to be Mackintosh originals, they could be worth upwards of £10,000 each! An Arts & Crafts antique dining table in Wiltshire recently realised £20,000, so it’s not unlikely.

Whether you want an antique mahogany pedestal desk , or a set of Victorian dining chairs, Preston antique dealers offer a wide choice.

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