If you live in Lancashire, Cumbria or elsewhere in the UK, and want to know how Victorian dining chairs and other antiques are valued for auction, you should attend the annual NAVA (National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers) conference, being held at the historic Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, next Monday 9th May.
The event is advertised as an annual forum for “chattels, auctioneers, valuers” – plus anyone else with an interest in the industry. The Belfry is just off the M62, within easy reach of Cumbria and Preston. If your antique desk needs a valuation, now is the time to discover what it’s worth, as the event will feature many valuation experts, including Jon Peacock , ecommerce manager for the Antiques Trade Gazette. He is giving a talk on price trends for antiques and fine art, using data collated from over three million prices realised at auction.
Were Gillows of Lancashire to sell antique desks today, they would see a distinctly high-tech approach. Communications specialist Shaun O’Neill will be showcasing technology that makes internet bidding look distinctly passé, with a tablet PC that works on voice and handwriting recognition, specially developed for the auction and valuation trade. If you have a family dispute over your inherited antique dining table in Preston , there are also various legal forums to discuss important topics and answer questions.
Antique dealers from Lancashire and Cumbria often buy Victorian dining chairs and antique chests at auction, and will no doubt be taking the day off to attend the NAVA conference.
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