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Quality counts with furniture

Encouraging results emerge for the right pieces amid the difficult middle-ground market

JANUARY threw up encouraging furniture results for high-quality lots.

The 77 pieces offered at Locke & England (17.5%) buyer’s premium) at Leamington Spa on January 26 included a set of four late 18th century mahogany chairs in the Chippendale taste.

The two carvers (one illustrated on these pages) and two singles were worked with gothic arch splats and sides. They had obvious quality and bidding opened at the top £800 estimate. Two dealers then battled it out over the phone and the hammer went down at £8200.

“We knew the chairs were extremely interesting but they were in need of some TLC, ” said auctioneer Richard Gormley. “We are keeping our fingers well and truly crossed that this is showing an upturn in the antique furniture market but the adage that quality always sells remains true.”

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.

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