Antique chests have been enjoying a revival in popularity. Salisbury auctioneers Woolley and Wallis recently hit the headlines when a Chinese jade teapot went under the hammer for £1.75m at their Asian art sale. Less lucrative, though no less impressive, was the sale of a Charles II oak chest, which realised £1800 against an upper estimate of £400.
At the same sale a Wellington antique chest by S & H Jewell realised £1700 (est. £600 – 800.) Another Wellington antique chest sold at Lancashire’s Kingsway sale rooms for £460, though this was small potatoes compared to a Georgian oak example, which went under the hammer at £1050. Kingsway Auction Rooms can currently be seen doing sterling service on BBC’s Flog It.
Elsewhere in Lancashire, a locally made George III oak and mahogany cross-banded mule chest realised £380 at Silverwoods, just below its lower estimate. A rare early Victorian mule antique chest realised £480, though again a little below estimate. Of local interest, the strapwork and roundel blind-carved piece carried the inscription: “John Hargreaves made this at Rough-Lee near Colne, Lancashire, June 4 1842.” Another example reached its lower estimate of £500.
Across the border in Cumbria, an antique chest of Scottish origin attracted a winning bid of £1050 at 1818 Auctioneers. PFK Auctions saw a Georgian mule chest go under the hammer for £580 (est. £300 – 500), with other examples realising in excess of £420.
Does this signal a rise in popularity of blanket-box antique chests? Preston antique dealers certainly have plenty to choose from, so now may be the time to invest.
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