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A Norwich family’s restoration workshop has closed down after being in the antiques trade since 1870, with the stock left at the family business being placed at auction. Four generations of the Brett family have worked in the family business, although current owner James Brett has decided that it is the right time to sell up and move on.
The family business started out as a furniture retailer and manufacturer in Norwich, eventually expanding the company. During 1931, the family opened a New York showroom while associated with an American company. Although James Brett attended art school in Norwich and worked for an antiques dealer in London, he eventually went to work alongside Frank, his father, in Norwich. James, who is 70 years old, believes that the restoration of antiques is a time consuming business which fewer people are prepared to pay for.
Although James doesn’t know how much to expect from auction, he knows that much of the stock is unavailable elsewhere. He added that some of the stock had been spotted by collectors, so his hopes were high.
Some antiques dealers have experience in Restoring antiques, allowing the buyer access to items that are still in – or close to – their original condition. This is especially important with furniture like antique balloon backed dining chairs , which will have some wear and tear. James is hoping that younger people who are interested in the restoration of antique furniture will buy some of the lots for sale, including table tops made from various types of wood and furniture mounts.
An antiques appraisal held to raise money for a new hall at Wellington College succeeded in raising a few eyebrows, as a number of unusual and valuable items were brought along to be valued. The recent event consisted of tea, a book fair and the Antiques Roadshow-style appraisal. The day raised a few thousand dollars towards the cost of building a performing arts centre and a new hall at Wellington College. The amount will be added to the grand total raised for the project so far, of $3.5 million (£2.24 million)
One item that was brought in for appraisal certainly caused a stir when it was valued at $50,000 to $60,000 (£32,000 – £38,000). According to Peter Wedde, the appraiser, the rare porcelain prayer book – which dates back to 1688 – could go straight to the British Museum. The owner of the Delft antique was totally unaware of its value. One item of interest was a 1799 etching depicting a scene from Richard III by Shakespeare. The etching shows the two princes being murdered while sleeping in the tower. The owner, John Mills, described the scene as “a bit grotesque”. The etching was valued at $200, although the owner had only brought it along out of interest.
Antiques appraisals like this often reveal surprises – especially when the value of an item is completely unknown. For larger objects, like items of antique furniture, people are more likely to visit an antiques dealer. For instance, if you are searching for antique oak partners desks , Preston and the surrounding areas have dealers with items to showcase.
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