Many of the antique desks and Victorian dining chairs seen in the Ribble Valley’s showrooms are bought at auction – and the quality is often high. This is hardly surprising, as the internet has made it possible for buyers in Lancashire to bid for antique desks at high-end auction houses, anywhere in the country.
Dealers in Lancashire know that, when it comes to Victorian mahogany partners desks, the really stunning examples are generally auctioned through high-end salerooms like Sotheby’s and Christie’s. In recent months, some superb antique mahogany pedestal desks have turned up at London auctions.Back in May, one of the top lots at Christie’s of King Street was a George III antique mahogany partners desk . With trefoil corners and gilt-embossed leather, the elegant shaped frieze supported drawers front and rear. The pedestals had drawers one side, and cupboards on the other, making it perfect for a Preston boardroom or office. Not surprisingly, it realised over £111,000 against an upper estimate of £50,000.
At Sotheby’s July 7th sale, a magnificent Victorian mahogany partners desk, of the early Chippendale Revival period, realised £61,250; halfway between the upper and lower estimate. With brass carrying handles for easy transportation, its elegant, refined contours would make it equally at home in a business or domestic setting. Although not an exact replica, the desk was similar to the styles seen in Chippendale’s “Director”, which was reissued in the 1830s.
Antique dealers in Preston often have Victorian mahogany pedestal desks of high quality for sale. If they don’t have anything that takes your fancy, remember they can access the UK’s top auction houses at just the click of a button.
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