Brown antique furniture is back in vogue, according to a Derbyshire auction house which saw a “surge in demand” at its recent Antiques and Collectors sale.Hanson’s Auctioneers said that a number of traditional antique furniture lots climbed above their estimates after strong bidding.Highlights from the sale included several items from the contents of Luddington Manor, near Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, which sparked some of the fiercest bidding.One example was a Georgian oak food or livery cupboard, which climbed above its estimate of £600 to £900 to sell eventually for £2,000.Other lots that also performed well were:
- An 18th-century oak and elm long table, had bidders in the room, commission bidders, internet bidders and telephone bidders. The estimate was £1,000 to £1,500 but it finally sold for £2,300.
- An 18th-century Dutch walnut and floral marquetry bureau, of bombe form, with mother of pearl inlay and fall front. It sold for £2,900.
- A George II oak joined dresser base, circa 1740, with three drawers, sold for £2,100.
- A 19th-century walnut sofa covered in a sumptuous hand-embroidered floral and gold silk upholstery. It sold for £580, almost doubling its estimate of £200 to £300.
- A harlequin set of eight Windsor chairs, probably dating to the early 19th century, they had an estimate of £1,000 to £1,500 and sold for £1,350.