The auction results from Christie’s Style and Spirit sale, held on February 1st 2011, was a joy to antique dealers in Preston. Victorian dining chairs , antique desks and antique marquetry furniture all sold for far above their upper estimates, with the star piece being a Louis XVI gilt-metal mounted tulipwood marquetry antique desk, which sold for £32,450. The upper estimate was £10,000. For dealers selling antique desks in Lancashire , this is good news indeed, as it shows the strength of the antique furniture market in general. Christie’s London sales act as a barometer for the rest of the country. If antiques don’t make their lower estimate in Kensington, they’re unlikely to do so elsewhere. Luckily, most of the fine furniture pieces sold for well within or above their estimated price.
Besides the desk, the sale results showed particularly good returns on all types of antique marquetry furniture. In Lancashire marquetry work always attracts the eye at showrooms, so it’s no surprise that a Napoleon III brass and tortoiseshell antique cabinet, with an upper estimate of £8,000, made £20,000 for the vendor. A tulipwood commode matching the desk sold for £18,125, above an estimate of £8,000 – £12,000.
Staying on the subject of antique desks, Preston antique buyers may be interested to hear that a late 18th Century architect’s desk sold for several hundred pounds above its upper estimate of £4,000. Antique dealers in Lancashire say antique desks of this kind are among the most useful pieces of compact furniture, perfect for the student bedsit or small home office.
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