Christie’s of London have announced a major town-and-country house sale which is causing feverish excitement among antiques dealers in Cumbria and Preston. Victorian dining chairs , antique desks and other treasures from Kinross House, Scotland, and the London residence of Mrs Winston Spencer Churchill will be auctioned together on March 30th 2011.
Given the importance of the collections, it’s reasonable to assume that “sales to the trade” will be high, and that some of these lots will find their way North East for resale. Most estimates are far lower than the £100,000 expected for a Chippendale antique cabinet, and Lancashire dealers will no doubt be looking to furnish their showrooms with a piece of real history. The sale of over 300 lots is expected to make around £500,000, though competition is expected to be fierce, pushing prices higher.
Kinross House has been the country seat of the Montgomery family since it was built in the 17th century, but is currently on sale for conversion to a country club or hotel. As well as the aforementioned cabinet, works of art and a pair of 18th Century antique dining tables (estimated at £40,000 – 60,000) will be going under the hammer.
The Churchill artefacts are from the Belgravia home of the late Winston Spencer Churchill, grandson of Sir Winston. Of interest to antique dealers in Preston will be antique desks and Victorian dining chairs in the Louis XV Revival style – which may have been used by the great statesman himself. These are always popular with collectors in Cumbria and Lancashire, adding a classy touch to any home.
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