Traditional furniture making a comeback?

"A piece of antique furniture making the news as the top lot? What an encouraging change!" 

So said Managing Director & Valuer Greg Bateman following Batemans' October antiques auction.


The highest selling lot was indeed a piece of furniture, and of particularly traditional style. The sort of good, high quality furniture that has been selling for such incredibly good value for nearly ten years now, down from the heady days in the 1990s and early 2000s when similar pieces would very regularly make several thousand pounds.

This Dutch 19th century marquetry bureau bookcase was certainly towards the early end of the catalogued date and perhaps even 18th century. The quality of the inlaid decoration, the carefully moulded cornice, the thickness of the veneer, and general heavy weight, all suggested a better-than-usual example. These signs were not missed by potential bidders as absentee bids, telephone lines and the two online bidding platforms sprung to action as auctioneer David Palmer opened the lot.


Three minutes of bidding from an opening of £400 took it to the final winning bid on the telephone of £1,800, or £2,160 (incl. 20% BP) - what a fantastic result!



If you have any 17th, 18th or 19th century furniture to sell, or to consign other antiques and collectables for one of our upcoming auctions

please call us on 01780 766466 or by emailing and have a look at our SELLING page.