Lancashire dealers have seen a marked increase in the popularity of antique desks, especially twin pedestal styles. This is borne out at Christie’s of Kensington upcoming interiors sale, where three of the top five furniture items are antique desks.
Preston dealers specialising in fireplaces might be interested in the highest valued item – an art deco variegated marble chimneypiece with an estimate of £4,000 – £6,000. However, of real interest is an item listed just below it – a partner style late Victorian antique desk. Lancashire collectors might baulk at the upper estimate of £5,000, as the item has been re-veneered (by law, any restoration work must be stated when selling antiques), but this handsome figured walnut piece, with green tooled leather top, benefits from having its original dealer’s label. Similar examples are seen in many offices in Preston.
Antique desks in original condition are often hard to come by, especially early Victorian examples, but Christie’s has one in mahogany. Carrying an estimate of £2,500 – £3,000, it may well sell for a lot more. As with the previous example, it would look better in the boardroom than in the home – but the Regency revival secretaire listed above it would look perfect in either setting. With an upper estimate of £4,000, this early Edwardian piece is a superb example of mahogany and satinwood antique marquetry furniture .
Preston antique dealers often have secretaires for sale. A combination of bookcase and antique desk, Lancashire buyers are attracted to them for their beauty and functionability. The Christie’s example was typical of the style: a top section with glazed doors, above a work area fitted with drawers, pigeon holes and a leather writing surface.
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