Have you ever wondered how a £3m antique cabinet gets transported from one museum to another? Or why removal men never seem to have any trouble heaving huge antique oak partners desks up and down narrow flights of stairs?
Well, wonder no more. Industry website Antiques News and Fairs has taken the lid off the mystique of antiques removals – a trade that’s every bit as specialist as selling the objects themselves. When you’ve got a fine collection of 18th century porcelain that needs to be safely delivered to Olympia, or a 17th century antique dining table needs collecting for a Cumbrian country house sale, the local ‘man with a van’ simply won’t do. Instead, auctioneers, dealers and museum curators rely on an elite group of specialists, who are totally geared up to transport anything from Old Master artworks to extinct hairy mammoths – without mishap.
One such firm is Ollands of Norfolk. Billed as ‘The Meticulous Movers,’ they were established following a chance meeting between a delivery driver and a wine seller who also turned out to deal in antiques. Some crafty networking in the local auction rooms later, and he was the owner of a thriving specialist haulage business – but it isn’t all Victorian dining chairs and antique chests. With Preston just one of the cities covered, Ollands have handled everything from antique marquetry furniture to fibreglass dinosaurs – though they specialise in antiques and fine art.
Antiques dealers in Lancashire are well versed in the art of transporting Victorian dining chairs and other fine furniture safely – or at least, they know a man who can.
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