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French furniture keeps it fresh

Pieces made across the Channel perform strongly in a string of English auctions

With most English furniture still underforming at auction, it is French 19th century cabinetmaking that is providing the soundest base of furniture sales in England.

Fuelled by French buyers benefiting from the advantageous exchange rate, bids for revivalist furniture have been consistently strong in recent months.

As reported in these pages last week (ATG No 2331), a French dealer went to a triple-estimate £4800 (plus 20% premium) for a pretty escritoire at Mallams Oxford at the end of January.

Two sales held by Reeman Dansie (20% buyer’s premium) at Colchester on February 13- 14 and at Canterbury Auction Galleries (20% buyer’s premium) on February 6-8 produced more French action.

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