Two types of antique desk are continuing to sell well in Cumbria and Lancashire, both at dealers and in the auction rooms.
The first are dainty writing tables epitomised by French styles such as the bureau de plat. Often purchased as dressing tables, these look as pretty in the bedroom as they do in the lounge. The second are no-nonsense office styles, such as the Victorian mahogany partners desks seen in Preston business offices from time to time. Between these two extremes are a host of other styles which serve both a functional and a decorative purpose, such as smaller, lightly stained antique oak pedestal desks .
The growth in telecommuting and home employment in Cumbria and Lancashire has made the Victorian oak pedestal desk , and other compact office styles, increasingly popular in the home. And, of course, the business environment, “boardroom chic” always sitting well with business associates, not to mention clients. In the last sale at PFK Auctions in Cumbria, a Victorian mahogany pedestal desk , in a poor state of repair and with some failed attempts at Restoration, was sold for £850. The estimate was £100 – 200. By comparison, a rare walnut Queen Anne writing desk sold for £4600, near its upper estimate of £5000. This is another example where the line between writing and decorative furniture becomes blurred. Despite the obvious kneehole aperture, it was listed as a lowboy. Going upwards, a Georgian secretaire realised £1300, over twice its upper estimate of £600.
From the low to the tall, and the fancy to the utilitarian, antique dealers in Preston have many fine antique desks like these in their showrooms.
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