The Queen’s Jubilee celebrations are being marked in fine style on the Isle of Wight, with four days of celebrations at Osborne House, home of the only other British monarch to have celebrated a Diamond Jubilee – Queen Victoria.
Osborne House is surely top of the list for any antiques enthusiasts visiting the Isle of Wight from Lancashire. The antique dining tables of the opulent dining room are laid as if for a state banquet, gleaming with silverware and cut glass and with Victorian (more…)
A reward has been offered for the safe return of a rare antique jug taken from a Luton museum, following fears that it might have been stolen for its scrap value.
Stockwood Discovery Centre may be short on Victorian dining chairs and antique cabinets, but Lancashire residents will still find plenty of historical interest, not least the valuable Wenlok Jug, which was recently stolen in what has been described as an aggressive attack.
The jug was purchased for £750,000, the same amount being offered by the New York Met until an export ban was placed on it in 2006. A unique example of mediaeval metalwork, bearing the English bronze founder’s mark, it has close links (more…)
Christie’s 23rd May English Collector – 500 Years sale, held in London, included a number of pieces by Gillows of Lancaster – among them a pair of bowfront chests and a Georgian antique bookcase. (more…)
An upcoming Sotheby’s sale in Paris includes two antique desks by renowned French Art Deco designer Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann – both featuring sharkskin tops. (more…)
Cumbrian residents will soon be able to pitch their wits against those of the Antiques Roadshow experts, with a new online game in which they can estimate the value of victorian oak pedestal desks and other antiques ahead of the objects appearing on the show. (more…)
LAPADA and Country Life are presenting the Object of the Year competition for the fourth year running, with a strong field of 56 entries ranging from a 1960s ceramic vase to an antique mahogany pedestal desk , c.1900. (more…)
In Lancashire, antique desks are often used to house coin collections, though it’s doubtful there’s an antique mahogany partners desk large enough to accommodate the Bentley Collection – part of which was auctioned (more…)
The US handles estate auctions a bit differently to the way they do in Cumbria; Victorian dining chairs in sets of eight are common enough, but when the contents of the Balsams Grand Resort went under the hammer, entire rooms were sold off as single lots. (more…)
A 15th Century Ming Dynasty vase worth up to £4m has been sold at auction for the price of £500,000 – because an earlier owner decided to (more…)
A sign of a successful day’s antique hunting in the Ribble Valley may be a Victorian oak pedestal desk on the roof rack. However, it was the antique dealer himself who ended up (more…)