A collection of decorative objects designed and owned by Victorian architect Augustus Pugin were among the highlights of the Sworders spring country house sale. (more…)
‘Brown’ furniture, for a long time in decline, is once again popular with buyers, as Cotswold auctioneers Tayler and Fletcher proved on the 14th of April. (more…)
In Lancashire, antique oak pedestal desks and similar fine furniture are often viewed in rather superficial terms, especially on TV where presenters rarely look beyond the surface beauty of the piece or its value at auction. (more…)
Lancashire antique dealers have heard exciting news about “one of their own” from across the border, where on 24 May Bonham’s of Chester are to hold an important sale of oak furniture covering the period 1450 – 1750. (more…)
Waterford is best known for its crystal glass; however, it’s also the location of Ireland’s famous Mount Congreve estate, where antique marquetry furniture and other effects are expected to raise in excess of £2.5m when they go under the hammer in May.
Mount Congreve is best known for its world famous gardens, the only part open to the public. Built in 1760 for the influential Congreve family, the house was passed on by successive inheritance through the male line of the family, until this abruptly came to an end with the death of Ambrose Congreve in 2011. The estate was left to the Irish State, and while the gardens are to remain open to the public, the antique cabinets, Victorian dining chairs and other treasures are to be sold at two auctions, being held by Christie’s of London and Mealy’s of Waterford on 23rd May and 10th July respectively.
The collection at Mount Congreve has evolved over generations, with each male heir placing his own unique stamp on it. The late Ambrose Congreve favoured French antique marquetry furniture, with one of the highlights being a pair of ormolu-mounted Louis XV Baumhauer encoignures, estimated at £120,000 – £180,000. A pair of George III Matthew and Ince giltwood side tables have an estimate of £200,000 – £300,000 each, while an estimate of £25,000 has been placed on a cylinder-type antique desk.
As Cumbrian auctioneers will tell you, provenance is everything, and many pieces originated from illustrious collections such as that of the Rothschilds. However, auctions incur hefty commission fees, which would not apply were the Congreve antique desks sold to a Preston antique dealer.
Lancashire is a long way from the antiques malls of New York, but you can still pay a virtual visit with the New York Times, which regularly has pages available to read online. On 5th April, it featured an interview with antique restorer Christophe Poumy, who confessed a love of antique chests. (more…)
Cumbrian residents had a treat for their ears when larger-than-life actor-come-explorer Brian Blessed appeared on Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, winning the competition with the aid of a bargain Art Deco antique cabinet. (more…)
An antique corner chair purchased for less than $700 turned out to be a rare form of early pre-plumbed toilet, worth hundreds of thousands of pounds. (more…)
A magnificent hoard of Imperial Tsarist treasure, belonging to the noble Naryshkin family, has been discovered hidden in a St Petersburg mansion. (more…)
A small piece of antique marquetry furniture brought a big profit to a Cambridgeshire Cash In The Attic woman – despite the screening date of Friday 13th. Together with a watercolour of Reims Cathedral and other items, over £1,000 was raised at auction; more than enough for the home alterations she was planning. (more…)