Following a long decline, antique desks are becoming popular again, thanks to the new generation of ultra-small laptop computers, and the success of the TV program Downton Abbey. Returning for a second series in 2011, it is a popular program with the younger generation. Parents looking for unusual Christmas gifts for their student offspring should head for the antique shops in Preston, Lancashire, where they will find a variety of antique desks for sale.
There are many types of antique desks, and one style which is proving popular is the (more…)
Despite recent events, many people still associate the value of antiques by the rarity and quality of the wood, rather than the provenance of the porcelain. Certainly, antique desks and cabinets are the image we most associate with antique showrooms.
Of course, any antiques dealer in Preston relying on Victorian dining chairs to make a living will quickly go out of business. The term ‘Antique’ doesn’t just mean furniture; it means any item prized for its looks, utility or rarity, which is more than 100 years old. 75 years is probably more accurate, as this takes into account the Art Deco desk lamps and rare post-Victorian dining chairs you see in (more…)
Is there a set of Victorian dining chairs in your Preston attic? Are you a Blackburn school with a few antique desks to get rid of? Lancashire is just one of the counties a new antiques show is targeting, in ITV’s answer to Cash in the Attic. The newly commissioned show, Secret Dealers, follows antiques expert Kate Bliss and her team as they search for hidden gems. If they spot something they like the look of, they make an on-the-spot cash offer. With real-life antiques dealers on board, it bears more than a passing resemblance to (more…)
Permatanned David Dickenson and his team of Real Dealers have been touring the British Isles shooting the new series of Dickenson’s Real Deal. On November 27th it’s the turn of Lancashire to dust off its antique desks and Victorian dining chairs , as David will be at the Darwen Leisure Centre to give his appraisal of their worth.
Real Deal is a phenomenally successful ITV show which has been running since 2006. It follows a daily format in which owners are invited to (more…)
The Week magazine joined the “Antiques are Green” brigade in its November 22nd issue, reiterating what the Daily Telegraph said the week before – collecting “brown” antique furniture, like Victorian dining chairs and dressing tables, is a low-cost environmentally-friendly way to furnish your home – and now is the time to buy.
You’re unlikely to find Chippendale antique desks or Gillows Victorian dining chairs “going for a song”, even in (more…)
Georgian antique desks are nothing if not romantic – as the Antique Roadshow team discovered at Tatton Park (BBC1, November 21st ). However, it was not a desk which caught their attention, but a finely crafted silver desk set which may have been a gift to Lord Nelson from his mistress, Lady Emma Hamilton. The inkstand was discovered among the antique desks in a showroom. Fashioned with elaborate nautical detailing, what had caught the buyer’s eye was the simple but telling engraving: (more…)
Chinese antique desks, and other oriental furniture, have become fashionable again. The astounding sale of an Imperial Chinese vase for £53.1 million at auction recently opened (more…)
Victorian dining chairs are officially Green. And so are antique desks, classical chests and all kinds of other Georgian and Victorian furniture. This, at least, is the view of the Independent newspaper, which extols the virtues of buying antique items against modern flat-pack furniture in (more…)
In Lancashire, Victorian dining chairs vary greatly in design and quality, from elegant early Victorian dining chairs still bearing their Georgian hallmarks to robust Arts and Crafts pieces with their utilitarian charm, Chippendale Revival chairs with perfectly machine-turned legs, and (more…)
Following a string of fraudulent credit card purchases, auctioneers in the South are having to rethink the protocol for telephone bids on the diamond jewellery tucked among their Victorian dining chairs and antique desks. Lancashire and Cumbria haven’t been targeted so far, but there’s worry the thieves are sneaking northwards.
Regional auction houses in Shropshire, Wiltshire, London, Derbyshire and a number of other counties have fallen victim to a sophisticated fraud involving (more…)