As readers in Lancashire would expect from a magazine devoted to antique mahogany pedestal desks and Victorian dining chairs, the June edition of Antique Collecting takes a retrospective look at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, with an article on Royal Commemorative Ceramics and a nod towards Queen Victoria.
The Olympic Games – our other big event – gets a surprisingly short shift, despite the excitement caused by the £530,000 Olympic marathon trophy back in April, and the fact the games are starting in July. Instead, editor John Andrews focusses on the capital’s famous fairs and exhibitions, in particular Olympia, where yet again dealers will be battling it out for top prize in the LAPADA Country Life Object of the Year competition.
A major part of the editorial takes an objective look at the antiques trade from the dealer’s point of view; in particular, the part of it concerned with Antique Mahogany Pedestal Desks and Open Bookcases. Lancashire dealers use the ACC (Antique Collectors Club) yearly antique furniture Index, something Mr Andrews uses to look at the huge changes in the antique furniture industry due to modern social conceptions. Drawing heavily from Dawn Birch-James’ MA dissertation ‘Is the English Furniture Dealer a Dying Breed?’, he says that antiques have become separated from general furnishing tastes in recent years. Consumers would rather splash out on a dining suite from a big retailer than buy a set of antique balloon backed dining chairs from an antique shop.
Ms Birch-James’ question can be answered if she visits Preston, where among the Victorian Oak Pedestal Desks and antique chests she’ll discover English antique dealers are very active indeed.
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