Auction rooms in the Midlands and the North battled on through the pre-Christmas blizzards, selling the last Victorian dining chairs of the season. However, treacherous driving conditions meant several sales had to be abandoned in Cumbria and Lancashire, the antique desks and cabinets going back into storage until the ice and snow cleared.
In Warwickshire, however, it was not snow but a ruptured gas main which curtailed sales for auctioneer Steven B Bruce, who holds monthly antique sales at Stratford-upon-Avon Racecourse. First the December 11th sale had to be postponed owing to bad weather. Then, on December 18th, the road to the racecourse was blocked again – this time by the police. The cause was a van which had crashed and ruptured a gas main. Logged as a “serious police incident”, around 200 people had to be evacuated from the area, including staff and patrons of the antique sale. A man was later arrested, but this was small consolation to those hoping to bag (or get a good price for) Victorian dining chairs. As in Lancashire sales, these are at a premium in the run up to Christmas, owing to the need for extra seating at large family gatherings.
While many auctions cancelled in December were rescheduled for later in the month, this was not possible at Stratford. The sale will now take place on 22nd January and should be quite a marathon, with a catalogue of almost 1,000 lots, including a number of antique desks and Victorian dining chairs. In Preston, antique dealers regularly have fine quality, reasonably priced Victorian dining chairs for sale, with none of the stresses of going to an auction.
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