The Antique Collectors Club Annual Furniture Index has shown a clear picture: When looking at antique desks in Preston , buy wisely and choose well. Because there’s about to be another burst in popularity of antique furniture, and low prices now mean big investments for the future. In 2009, an interesting trend was noted in the ACC Index. If you extrapolated the results from previous years as a graph, the popularity and price of antique furniture went in a series of peaks and troughs – with the overall direction heading steadily upwards (in line with house prices and, oddly, sales of Mars Bars.) The popularity of Victorian dining chairs and other Lancashire favourites is currently at rock bottom – but the graph clearly showed a recovery was due in around two years. One of those years has already gone.
John Andrews, the antiques expert who first compiled the index in the 1960s, says the consistency of the results has been continuous. 2012 could mark a new era in the popularity of Georgian and Victorian furniture – and the finer the piece, the higher prices will rise.
Historically the most popular of all categories in Lancashire, Arts & Crafts furniture, and oak and country styles in general, are suffering a slump – but recovery is due. However, those with a view to buying for resale should note low antique cabinets are a better investment than high-backed dressers and taller antique bookcases, which don’t fit well into the modern home of low ceilings and wall-hung plasma TV sets.
Antique dealers in Preston say antique desks with plenty of functionality, and upholstered Victorian dining chairs – a Lancashire stalwart – are always in fashion.
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