Antique dealers in the North West have marked an exciting date in their diaries – the Christmas Catalogued sale at 1818 Auctioneers in Kendal, Cumbria.
antique cabinets at last month’s auction did particularly well, with one Delft dresser realising £3800. A group of French Kingswood pieces submitted by one seller included a late 19th century vitrine which realised £2400. A glass-topped bijouterie table and antique cabinet commode of the same period realised £950 and £600 respectively. For those wanting more vernacular pieces in Cumbria, an antique bookcase with a breakfront glazed top went under the hammer for £1200.
This month the emphasis is on pottery and other easily-wrapped pieces – as you would expect for a Christmas sale. However, there are a fair few antique dining tables and Victorian dining chairs too, which Lancashire dealers with any sense will snap up to take advantage of last-minute panic buying by customers who miscalculated how many were due for dinner on Christmas day. Last month’s collection of antique dining chairs proved the market for useful brown furniture is on the up, with Windsor and ladderback styles doing particularly well. This month’s sale sees ladder-back Lancashire, and Victorian balloon backed dining chairs both going under the hammer. An unusual set of walnut demi-balloon backs with carved foliate reeded central columns and legs will no doubt attract high bids. With a matching antique dining table , Cumbria dealers should see a handsome profit.
From Kendal to the Ribble Valley, antique chests are being opened as Christmas decorations get their annual airing. The 1818 sale has several which no doubt will attract the attention of dealers. Customers in Lancashire and Cumbria always need extra storage in the New Year.
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