On Saturday February 26th, Finney’s Auction Service in Schodack, New York state are holding a major sale of great interest to antique dealers in Preston and Cumbria. Antique desks, Victorian dining chairs , musical instruments and traditional Nantucket ivory carvings will be going under the hammer – with internet bidding to entice buyers from overseas. As is common in New York sales, hammer prices are liable to be much higher than at home, with high levels of disposable income among the New York buyers helping to push the prices skywards. Nonetheless, the interest shown on Saturday will be a good barometer for future sales in this country. New Yorkers tend to show a keen interest in UK auctions when the market is right.
Almost 300 lots are being advertised, from several vendors. These include quality stoneware, musical instruments and antique desks. As in Lancashire, Asian exhibits are expected to draw a lot of interest, but for once it isn’t directed at jade and porcelain. The star lots will be a pair of carved folding Huang Huali and Jichimu hunting chairs, featuring carved back panels and bumble bee decoration to the base. Also going under the hammer will be a pair of pinned antique dining chairs with carved back panels, from a Buddhist monastery, and an ornate lacquer-and-gilt shrine from Japan. Built like a small cabinet, it reflects a renewed interest in Eastern-inspired Arts & Crafts furniture.
Antique dealers in Preston and Lancashire often have lacquered antique desks and cabinets for sale. Imported from the Orient in the late 19th century, many carry the Liberty trademark.
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