Antiques expert Catherine Southon is well known to TV viewers in Lancashire, having appeared on programmes like Antiques Road Trip, Flog It! and Bargain Hunt.
With a working knowledge of everything from antique scientific instruments to Victorian mahogany partners desks , Ribble Valley residents will not be surprised to learn that Catherine is in demand for personal appearances too. She holds regular valuation days at West Wickham in Kent and, on November 1st, will be appearing at Beckenham Methodist Church to give a talk to members of the Beckenham Civic Society (BCS) on auctions and antiques. To boost society funds, members can also have their own heirlooms and collectibles valued, for a small fee.
Catherine Southon has been in the antiques industry for more than 16 years, initially working as an auctioneer at Sotheby’s, where she specialised in antique scientific instruments and maritime artworks for nine years. She then switched direction, finding fame in the burgeoning world of antiques TV. However, she maintained a public presence and following a series of successful valuation days has decided to return to the auction platform – this time wielding the gavel as boss of her own company. Her first sale takes place on November 15th and, while the emphasis is on fine art, it will also include jewellery, ceramics, silver and furniture, such as antique dining chairs .
Ribble Valley residents should remember that selling at auction incurs commission and other fees. In the case of an antique balloon back dining chair , for example, certain fees may apply even if it remains unsold. A good antique dealer will offer an accurate valuation and sell the chair for a fair price.
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