Victorian dining chairs , antique cabinets and other traditional furniture is seeing an unprecedented rise in popularity in Cumbria and the North East. Several auction houses have had to increase their monthly sales to cope with increased demand – such as Barnard Castle auctioneers Addisons, who have announced an increase in general sales for 2011. Just across the border in County Durham, Addison’s antiques and interiors auctions are popular with dealers from Lancashire and Cumbria. The antique desks and Victorian dining chairs are often the effects of country house sales, and can be of exceptional quality. In 2010, antique sales were held every three weeks. However, from January 2011 this was increased to once a fortnight, reflecting the high volume of stock and a 40% increase in turnover. These results are in line with those from the “Big Two” – Christie’s and Sotheby’s – both of which announced record sales for the 2009 – 2010 period.
Addison’s chief auctioneer said the results reflected remarkable buoyancy in the antiques trade, with an increase in numbers of both buyers and sellers. It also reflects the current economic climate. People who have inherited or purchased good quality furniture, such as early Victorian dining chairs, in Cumbria now have to weigh up their worth against university fees and other expenses. Buyers, meanwhile, are weighing up the cost and quality of modern furniture against the value, environmental friendliness and timeless beauty of antiques.
Antique dealers in Preston have antique desks, Victorian dining tables and other fine furniture in plentiful supply at present. Quality is high, and prices highly affordable.
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