Antiques aren’t always about Victorian oak pedestal desks and Georgian antique dining tables, as a Lancashire dealer will verify; in fact, some of the objects at a Surrey sale of 20th century design pieces wouldn’t look out of place on an Austin Powers set.
Guildford is a historic university town with a modern outlook. This is reflected in an upcoming 20th century design sale, to be held on 11th and 12th May at Wellers, which will feature everything from Aesthetic Arts & Crafts Furniture , to Pop Art works by a contemporary of Banksy.
As any enthusiast in the Ribble Valley will tell you, an “antique” cabinet has to be at least 100 years old to qualify, although many dealers follow the American guideline of 75 years or older. Under this criteria, a 1930s walnut veneered chest – one of three Art Deco Heals pieces included in the sale – would definitely qualify. Other Art Deco pieces include a French zebra wood antique dining table, enamelled Carlton ceramics and figurines by Erte and Goldschieder. For the benefit of Guildford design students, there are also a number of vintage 1970s pieces, including modernist furniture by the French designer Jean Philippe which, in their day, probably cost more than their current estimates.
The sale stretches its title to include 19th century Aesthetic and Arts & and Crafts furniture, such as a set of cast iron Christopher Dresser Victorian dining chairs . As in Cumbria, such pieces are best purchased from an antiques dealer, which avoids payment of commission fees and ensures any Restoration work will already have been done.
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