16 Apr 2021
October 1, 2009 - Filed under: Antiques Advice — David

How often have we heard antiques experts at valuation days on programmes such as Flog It! and Cash in the Attic talk about the slump in value of brown furniture? Victorian antique cabinets, antique desks, tables, chairs, made of mahogany, oak or other dark woods have become an anathema to the exponents of minimalism and only fetch a fraction of the money they used to at auction ten years ago.

However, because of the Credit Crunch, diminishing returns at the bank and plummeting house prices, investment in antiques is being heralded as a sensible option. Georgian and Victorian mahogany furniture has never been cheaper. At any auction house, you will find large quantities of beautifully made furniture glowing from years of waxing. The quality of these pieces means that prices will not stay low for long. Also, as the environmental lobbies increase and the felling of hard woods becomes more and more frowned upon, these pieces are set to make a comeback in a big way.

So the advice would be to buy the best you can afford. Get specialist help so that you know what you are buying. The expert will be able to tell you whether the piece has been restored, chopped down, converted or married with something else. Minimalism as a style is already on the wane. The return of exotic wallpapers on feature walls could mean that tastes for exotic hardwoods without felling trees will also return and the exuberant styles of Victorian brown furniture are set to make a comeback.

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