The French state owns a large collection of antique furniture and has decided to sell part of it to support French hospitals dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.
An antique auction of the state-owned furniture is taking place in France between September 20th and 21st with all money raised being donated to the Foundation for Paris Hospitals and French Hospitals. The approximately 100 items of furniture up for sale date from the 19th century and are part of over 130,000 items looked after by Mobilier National.
The director of the French Ministry of Culture, Hervé Lemoine said that the list of furniture for sale won’t include any items valuable to the nation. He said that the government will be commissioning new works from French craftspeople to replace the sold items as well as restored antique furniture. Priority for this work will be given to craftspeople who are out of work because of the pandemic.
In the UK, the antique trade has been generous in raising money for the NHS with leading dealers holding charity sales. In Northern Ireland, the ‘Bid for Kindness’ initiative is holding sales of antique and newer items. One lot is a bespoke painting of the winning bidder’s home town skyline by artist Ben Mosley.
Lancashire antique dealers still have quality antique cupboards, sofas, chairs and other furniture for sale which can be delivered to buyer’s homes without having to come down to the physical store or worrying about flouting the current lockdown guidelines.
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