Ribble Valley residents planning to buy antique oak partners desks in 2013 could be making a very sound investment indeed – as US antiques expert Lark Mason has predicted that quality furniture made from ‘old growth’ woods will be a major collecting trend this year.
An antique Chinese furniture expert who makes regular appearances on PBS Antiques Roadshow, New York specialist Lark Mason is well-qualified to offer advice to Lancashire collectors. During his 24-year career as an appraiser at Sotheby’s, he performed valuations for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and the Rockefeller Foundation, among others.
Recently, Mason cast his eye over the collecting trends for 2013 and made several startling predictions. For a start, it seems that while Granny’s old ornaments and trinkets may be of little more than sentimental value, the same may not be true of the antique cabinet they’re stored in.
According to Mason:
“The wonderful old growth woods and other materials used by our forebears to create furniture and other objects prior to the 20th Century […] are catching the attention of buyers, whether made in the USA or elsewhere.
“Traditional antiques are holding their own and being recognized by the astute as a good value.”
An antique desk or cabinet ticks several other boxes on Mason’s list, including function over form.
“Potty stools are not going to be setting the market afire even if owned by Louis XV.”
He adds that quality and condition will also be very important in 2013, meaning it’s better to buy that Victorian oak pedestal desk from a Lancashire antiques dealer than an auction room.
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