A Victorian oak pedestal desk , rare Tudor antique chest and a Liberty antique dining table – just some of the things Preston and Cumbria residents can vote for in the Country Life and LAPADA Object of the Year competition.
Now in its third year, this prestigious award showcases the very best in antiques, fine art and design, using a panel of professional antique experts. New to 2011 is the People’s Vote, where members of the public can vote online for their favourite items. All entries are submitted by LAPADA members so naturally, antique furniture is very much to the fore, with early antique chests, Georgian antique desks and Gothic Revival pieces. The overall theme is one of British craftsmanship, classic lines and understated elegance; very different to the outrageously OTT belle époque antique desk and Rheims Cathedral cabinet of previous years!
The Tudor period is well represented in both its original and Revival form, and includes a stunning Liberty & Co antique dining table, circa 1924. Made for the Liberty & Co Tudor building in Great Marlborough Street, London, this is an exquisite example of Arts & Crafts furniture from the post-war period, built from the timbers of two 19th century battleships, and using sixteenth century craftsmanship.
Staying on the Tudor theme is a magnificent 16th century antique chest, which Cumbria residents will admire for its historical importance as well as its beauty. In riven and sawn quartered oak, it features a portrait panel of Edward VI (the short-lived son of Henry VIII), making it a rare and unusual piece.
You will find examples of Tudor and Tudor Revival antique chests in many Preston antique dealers.
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