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Decorative Market Proves Ever Strong

The auction world reflects the ever changing tastes of collectors and interior design trends, as it has for centuries.  Philip Serrell, reports from his Malvern saleroom, on recent successes and a market, that has been on its uppers, but is believed may see a return to popularity in 2018.

Recently the market has seen good decorative pieces commanding higher prices with often traditional antiques playing second fiddle.  The Arts and Crafts school has always had a good strong niche following but it now has a much wider appeal which has seen a surge in auction prices. 

Recently, I was asked to sell a collection of copper Arts and Crafts lamps, with an excellent local provenance.  The local connection was proved even stronger due to the fact that they were made at the Birmingham Guild of Handicraft.  The lamps created international interest when offered at auction and the collection realised £16,500.

Another interesting lot which sold at the end of 2017, was the oil painting of a boxer by Richard E Clarke.  Richard Clarke was a Scarborough artist whose works usually command between £500 – £1,500.  This painting, which is an incredibly strong image, is thought to have sold for a world record price of £8,500. 

There is a lot of talk of the brown furniture market being on its uppers, however there is a strong belief that 2018 will see a resurgence in prices for all items that may previously have been under-valued.

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