A recent four-day auction saw 1500 lots from the estate of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands go under the hammer at Sotheby’s of Amsterdam – raising over 2.5m euros for charity. But although estimates were as low as 50 EUR (for an antique chest), Cumbrian bidders had to bid a lot higher before the hammer came down. One antique desk alone made 2,750 EUR, against an estimate of 100 – 200.
Queen Juliana was an ardent philanthropist and supporter of the Red Cross – one of the main beneficiaries of the sale. Many of the baroque antique chests and early Victorian dining chairs on offer to Cumbrian residents originated from Soestdijk Palace, the Queen’s marital home. The rest was from the attics of other Royal Palaces.
The star piece was a Qing Dynasty tea service, which made almost 0.25m EUR. Furniture prices, though, were generally more realistic. Bids could be made by phone and online, meaning there was no need to travel from Lancashire.
An antique dining table estimated at 150 – 200 EUR went under the hammer for 4,000, while three antique chests with an estimate of 300 – 500 euros sold for 2,750 EUR. Estimates were between 100 – 500 euros for three beautifully carved antique desks – but Preston dealers would need at least 2,350 EUR to bring one home. 23,550 EUR was achieved for a German silverware service estimated at 3,000 – 6,000 EUR – but then, you would be eating from House of Orange cutlery.
If you want early Victorian dining chairs, Preston antique dealers have fine examples, very similar to those sold in Amsterdam for 18,000 EUR.
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