Lancashire people with Victorian oak partners desks or other fine furniture should hang on to their inheritance (or investment) as recent provincial sale results suggest there is renewed interest in ‘brown’ furniture.
A Gloucestershire auction house saw good returns on sold furniture lots, with £2,000 paid for an antique chest-of-drawers of good size and colour. The mahogany George III chest was not the only item to attract attention, however. An antique bookcase of the same age, also in mahogany, realised almost £1,000 while a walnut Queen Anne stool sold for £1,200 despite having had alterations. Country pieces also did well, as one would expect from an area famous for its Arts & Crafts furniture .
There were surprises in other areas too, including an old photograph album purchased almost 50 years ago for the princely sum of sixpence. Containing Victorian images of Shanghai, Hong Kong and China, the owner had been offered £500 by a private collector, but had decided to try their luck at auction.
It must be remembered that, at auction, commission is charged whether the customer is buying or selling, on top of which other fees may apply. Buyers should also be aware that auction rooms with online bidding can push prices past those charged by antique dealers.
There has never been a better time to buy a Victorian mahogany partners desk in Lancashire, as the investment can only increase in value, but it’s far wiser to buy from an antique dealer than an auction house.
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