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April 11, 2012 - Filed under: Antiques News — Richard

Sometimes, valuable antique dining tables can be can be found in the most unlikely of places – such as a run-down council flat near Petersfield.

Antiques auctioneer Martin Lawrence was expecting nothing more than a long drive when Jacobs & Hunt asked him to do a probate valuation on a dilapidated top floor council flat in Southsea, Portsmouth. However, what he found inside was an Aladdin’s cave of antique treasures, inherited from the deceased’s parents who had been successful dealers during the pre and post-war periods. In total, the consignment was worth over £200,000.

At antique auctions in Lancashire, antique oak pedestal desks and similar fine furniture are sometimes listed as lots from a ‘large single owner collection’, which puts you in mind of large country estates rather than social housing developments – but you could be wrong. When Martin Lawrence gained access to that run-down apartment, he stumbled upon the biggest consignment of his career. It’s anybody’s guess how he got a Chinoiserie antique bookcase bureau and two antique dining tables from the top floor into his van, but together they netted almost £11,000. The collection also included antique firearms, French porcelain, medals, fine art, vintage photographic equipment and antique gramophones. However, the most valuable objects were a collection of tribal and ethnographic items, including a Haida grease bowl which sold for £56,000. It was hidden in a kitchen cupboard.

If you feel antique dealers in Preston won’t be interested in your Victorian dining chairs , think again. They do valuations on all sorts of properties and, unlike auctioneers, don’t charge commission.

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