22 Apr 2021
April 6, 2020 - Filed under: Auctions — Richard

A sale of the late architect Sir William Whitfield’s antique collection sold for a total of £1.5 million at a Bishop Auckland sale.

Sir William Whitfield collected fine antiques which he kept at his Palladian House in Bishop Auckland, County Durham. The recent sale of 570 items fetched £1.5 million.

Lots ranged from a set of six George II style chairs that sold for £3,500 to a rare 17th-century Flemish tapestry which made £150,000. A George II mahogany commode sold for £75,000. Some of the art in the house sold for high prices, including a portrait of Francesco de Medici by the artists Alessandro Allori which made £50,000.

Many of the items fetched ten times their estimated values. On top of the winning bids, buyers had to pay auctioneer’s commissions and fees. Joe Robinson of the auctioneers that organised the sale commented on the high prices:

“It is so rare for such a well-curated collection to come to the market. These works derived from established provenances, known artists and historic styles, which delighted a new generation of collector. The collection offered both style and substance, and the market decided.”

Not all fine antiques cost as much as these items. Whether you like inlaid Edwardian furniture, a French ormolu mounted cabinet or a Victorian mahogany dining table, you will find many fine pieces at Lancashire antique dealers. The price you agree on is the price paid. Unlike auctioneers, there are no commission charges or other fees to pay.

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