Preston and Cumbria residents have until June 3rd to cast their vote in the Country Life and LAPADA Object of the Year awards. The Peoples Vote is a new category which allows members of the public to vote online for their favourite piece out of 30 shortlisted items. The final 14 will be on display at the Olympia International Fine Art & Antiques Fair, where judging will take place.
This is the third year for Object of the Year – but the first where members of the public are allowed to get involved. The Peoples Vote is a special award, judged separately to the main trophy. Unlike the strict criteria applied by the LAPADA experts, voters are encouraged to choose the objects they find the most visually or historically appealing, or which they would most like to see in their own homes.
There are seven categories, which range from 21st century art and design, to ancient artefacts. As in the two previous years, the antique furniture section is particularly strong, with almost two thirds of the entries being in this category. Perhaps in deference to the Peoples Voters of Cumbria and Lancashire, the antique desks, Victorian dining tables and antique chests are predominantly English in design, and include a number of fine examples of antique marquetry furniture . Preston voters are far more likely to want these in their homes, than the outrageously OTT belle époque antique desk of 2009, or the equally extravagant Haupsburg cabinet of 2010!
Antique dealers in Preston have antique desks and Victorian dining chairs of similar quality to those at Olympia, which are sure to get your vote.
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