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March 31, 2011 - Filed under: Antique Desks — Richard

A recent Interiors sale at Christies of Kensington saw large pedestal antique desks selling for over twice their upper estimate – good news for antique traders dealing in traditional office furniture. Sales were equally buoyant for antique chests, with a Cumbrian 18th century mahogany chest realising £3,500 against an upper estimate of £1,800. (more…)

March 30, 2011 - Filed under: Antique Bookcases,Victorian Dining Chairs — David

There has been a notable rise in import and export figures for fine art and furniture, such as antique chests and early Victorian dining chairs . However, Lancashire historians are worried that the buoyancy in trade will see important parts of our heritage lost. (more…)

March 29, 2011 - Filed under: Antique Tables,Victorian Dining Chairs — Richard

Gillows furniture is Lancashire’s equivalent of Chippendale or Hepplewhite. The Lancaster museum of Judges Lodgings has one of the finest collections of Gillows furniture in Lancashire, with Victorian dining chairs , antique desks and other fine pieces displayed in eight adjoining rooms. Many more are held in storage. (more…)

March 28, 2011 - Filed under: Victorian Dining Chairs — David

Lancashire and Cumbria English Heritage members have learned the £150,000 Restoration of Mount Grace Priory, one of the gems of the Arts & Crafts Furniture movement, is finally complete. The discovery of original William Morris wallpaper, plus 1940s photographs and inventories, enabled the English Heritage team to restore two rooms to their original 1890s condition, right down to the secretaire antique desk and Victorian dining chairs . (more…)

March 26, 2011 - Filed under: Antique Desks,Victorian Dining Chairs — Harriet

One of the Victorian dining chairs crafted from the salvaged timbers of Nelson’s second flagship was sold for £6,000 at Bonham’s, Chester on March 17th.  The ornately carved, leather upholstered William and Mary-style open armchair (similar to a carver), was one of a number of pieces fabricated from the timbers of the Foudroyant, after she ran aground at Blackpool, Lancashire, in 1897. A copper plaque reads, ‘Manufactured from the oak and copper salved from Nelson’s ‘Foudroyant’, Goodhall, Lamb & Heighway Ltd., Manchester.’ (more…)

March 25, 2011 - Filed under: Antique Cabinets,Victorian Dining Chairs — Harriet

A large mahogany antique bookcase realised £9,500 at Gerard’s auction rooms on March 3rd – considerably more than that realised by the antique cabinets and Victorian dining chairs . Lancashire collectors weren’t slow to realise the worth of the magnificent piece, dated1805. The gilt bronze figural mounts were signed Bertrand Andrieu (1761 – 1822), a famous engraver and furniture restorer who worked from Bordeaux in France. Just across the border at Bonham’s, Chester, a rare Victorian dining table sold for £4,200 on March 7th. Collectors of antique marquetry furniture in Lancashire would have recognised the radial yew veneering, chequer inlay and shamrock and thistle decoration as Killarney marquetry, which flourished from the 1830s to the 1860s. Larger Killarney pieces are rare (although smaller antique desks are seen in Lancashire sale rooms occasionally) (more…)

March 24, 2011 - Filed under: Antique Desks — Richard

More than £4m was realised at Christie’s European Decorative Arts sale this week. The star item in the furniture department was an antique dining table previously owned by Lady Randolph Churchill, which realised £115,250. In silver position was a partners antique desk – not by Lancashire firm Gillow’s, but designer James Gardner, located just over the border in Chester. Including buyer’s premium it realised £49,250 – almost double the upper estimate of £25,000. (more…)

March 23, 2011 - Filed under: Victorian Dining Chairs — Richard

A recent four-day auction saw 1500 lots from the estate of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands go under the hammer at Sotheby’s of Amsterdam – raising over 2.5m euros for charity. But although estimates were as low as 50 EUR (for an antique chest), Cumbrian bidders had to bid a lot higher before the hammer came down. One antique desk alone made 2,750 EUR, against an estimate of 100 – 200. (more…)

March 22, 2011 - Filed under: Victorian Dining Chairs — David

Lancashire antique dealers may soon have items with royal provenance for sale. Between March 14th and 17th, around 10,000 items from the estate of the late Queen Juliana of the Netherlands went under the hammer at Sotheby’s, Amsterdam, raising 2,674,892 EUR for charity. The estimated value of the collection was 1m – 1.5m. Estimates were often low, started at just 25 Euros. However, Queen Juliana was a much-loved monarch, and with the proceeds of the sale (organised by her children) going to five worthy charities bidding was high. Telephone bidders from Cumbria and Lancashire saw antique chests, Victorian dining tables and antique desks with estimates as low as 100 Euros go under the hammer for many times this amount. (more…)

March 21, 2011 - Filed under: Victorian Dining Chairs — Harriet

In Cumbria and Lancashire, Victorian dining chairs , antique chests and other “brown” furniture are enjoying a rise in popularity, aided in part by period TV dramas like Upstairs Downstairs and Boardwalk Empire, both of which use original antiques on their sets. If you’ve got an antique desk in Cumbria identical to one seen on screen you could very well name your price – but only if it is of equal quality. (more…)

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