It seems crime is still rife in the antiques world, according to reports received at our antique desks. Lancashire auctioneers have been given a warning to be extra vigilant, following a new type of scam targeting the antiques trade. A dealer lost over £1,200 of stock, when he was contacted online by an overseas “customer.”
The request to have the antiques shipped to Japan by a specifically named shipping company seemed fair enough – except (more…)
Christie’s of London have announced a major town-and-country house sale which is causing feverish excitement among antiques dealers in Cumbria and Preston. Victorian dining chairs , antique desks and other treasures from Kinross House, Scotland, and the London residence of Mrs Winston Spencer Churchill will be auctioned together on March 30th 2011.
Given the importance of the collections, it’s reasonable to assume that (more…)
There has been renewed interest in antique bookcases, Georgian chests and Victorian dining chairs , since Preston and Cumbria residents began seeing the sense in solid investment for their homes. This has been helped by the celebrity contingent. Laurence-Llewellyn Bowen’s new show, House Gift, has lifted the lid on using vintage furnishings to beautify your home, and when Kirstie Allsopp was seen browsing the antique desks at an Ardingly fair, sales shot up overnight.
The renewed interest in antiques started (more…)
Popular daytime show House Gift is back. Each week, a team of interior design gurus – at least one of whom is an antiques expert – select three individual pieces to enhance someone’s home. Budgets are set at £200, £500 and £1000 – with the householder being allowed to keep just one item. The trouble is, they’re not allowed to know what it cost until after they’ve chosen. House Gift turns the whole strategy of TV antiques shows on its head. For once, it’s the experts rather than the public who are “on trial.” The show selects homes with a “décor dilemma”, and the experts then have to use their budgets to select what they feel the home is most in need of, with hopefully the most expensive item being the one that wins. Unfortunately, entrants can only be selected from the (more…)
In Lancashire, spring is fast approaching – and with it the new wedding season. The latest information on the Wedding News website is that there has been a sharp increase in the number of Gretna Green marriages; a trend that’s in evidence countrywide. That means it’s a bumper year for wedding gifts – and what could be more fitting than a set of Victorian dining chairs ?
In Cumbria, you don’t have to head for your nearest toaster shop for wedding gift ideas. There is a recurrent theme in bridal magazines, and it’s this: the modern bride and groom quite often already have all the electrical goods and everyday items they’re liable to need. What they really appreciate is (more…)
From Chicago to Cumbria, Victorian dining chairs and other antiques are enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Part of the reason is the “Kirstie Effect” – increased interest from younger buyers lured by TV programmes like Kirstie Allsopp’s Homemade Show. However, while attendance figures are strong at (more…)
Preston residents are increasingly turning to loft conversions as a way of upsizing their homes – but there’s no need for mundane modernity. Instead, you can go for a stylish campaign apartment look – at far less cost. Lancashire is the perfect place to search out campaign furniture (more…)
In Lancashire, many residents are investing in Victorian dining chairs and other fine antiques, rather than moving home. A loft extension is a far cheaper and easier way of adding extra space than buying a bigger house. However, for antiques lovers this poses a conundrum – how do you transport heavy oak and mahogany furniture up stairs which, invariably, were designed with flat-packs in mind? The answer is simple (more…)
In Lancashire, there’s a saying when someone pays an inordinate sum of money for something that turns out to be worthless: “Well, now you’ve paid for your education.” It’s a take on the phrase, “now you’ve learnt your lesson”, and is particularly apt when it comes to antique desks. Lancashire antique fairs can be full of potential bargains, but they can also conceal a lot of tat. It’s easy to be carried away when you see a pretty “shabby chic” piece, only to strip away the paint layers to find chipboard underneath. Even if you’re buying to beautify your home, rather than make an investment, you should only ever pay what the item is worth. If the vendor insists on asking over the odds, (more…)
In Lancashire, spring is traditionally a busy time for auctioneers. This is the time when people like to clear their lofts of clutter, or buy furniture to match the look of newly decorated rooms. The current economic climate means fewer people are “trading up” their homes in Preston; instead, they buy antique desks and other collectibles to ring the changes. The more you can gauge the true value of antiques, the less likely you are to pay over the odds (or, if selling, receive less than the goods are worth.) But there’s more to antique valuations than checking the Antiques Price Guide. For example, in Preston antique desks bearing a maker’s stamp are worth far more than those without a mark. Naturally, Gillow’s is the best known example (and the most expensive), but the name doesn’t have to be (more…)