Top auction house Bonhams is to hold a valuation day on 15th December in Carlisle, Cumbria. The antique desks and Victorian dining chairs will have to wait for another day though, as the valuation – which is by appointment only – will concentrate on silver, jewellery, coins and watches.
Bonhams is one of the most prestigious auction houses in Europe, with branches across the world, though many of these are valuation offices only, as in Cumbria. However antique desks, Victorian dining chairs and other furniture brought to the office for valuation can usually be transported to the nearest suitable saleroom free of charge, though a fee may be applied to some items, such as large antique cabinets.
Bonhams has a prestigious name in auction sales – notably, at its Bond Street showroom in London, where rare antique desks and other fine furniture regularly go under the hammer for tens of thousands of pounds. But these are the crème de la crème of antiques. Closer to home is Bonham’s Chester saleroom, not far from Liverpool. The more modestly priced sales often feature locally made antique dining tables (which can reach four figures) Victorian dining chairs, and antique desks, with Lancashire and Cumbrian antique dealers vying with the public for the more exciting pieces, such as Victorian dining chairs by Lancashire firm Gillows.
Bonham’s of Carlisle regularly have specialists from Chester and London, with valuation days (which are free) for most subjects. However, if you have some valuable Victorian dining chairs you want valued in a hurry, your local antiques dealer in Cumbria will do an equally good job.
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