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November 22, 2010 - Filed under: Antiques News — Richard

Victorian dining chairs are officially Green. And so are antique desks, classical chests and all kinds of other Georgian and Victorian furniture. This, at least, is the view of the Independent newspaper, which extols the virtues of buying antique items against modern flat-pack furniture in its online pages this month.

The article follows an extensive study by Carbon Clear, an independent carbon management consultancy, which compared the carbon emissions of an 1830s chest-of-drawers with a modern equivalent of the same value. Detailed analysis showed that the carbon footprint of the Victorian chest was around 16 times lower than the modern vdrsion. Plus, it was a whole lot nicer to look at.

In Cumbria, Victorian dining chairs are a lot easier to hunt down than a branch of Ikea, but many people still prefer to do the latter. The popularity of antique chairs, tables and other “brown” furniture has dropped sharply in recent years. Back in the 1980s, Victorian furniture was very much in vogue, with dark mahogany all the rage. During the nineties and noughties, we became seduced by light, modern Scandinavian beech and pine, and the market plummeted.

During recent years, the sale of Victorian antiques has declined by around 22%. However, this is only true of lower-end antiques. Original Victorian dining chairs by Lancashire master craftsman Gillows can fetch five figures at auction, although copies are lucky to sell at the price they were 15 years ago.

However, the tide may be turning, with people seeing the aesthetic as well as environmental side of buying 19th century furniture. Antique dealers in Cumbria have a wide range of Victorian dining chairs and other antiques at affordable prices.

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