Chests of drawers have represented particularly good value for bargain hunters at antique auctions in latter years.
It seemed as if no one was interested and it was almost as if you could not give one away. That may be about to change.
Sheppard’s have an eye-popping estimate of €3,000-€5,000 of a fine c1780 chest at their 1,230-lot two-day sale in Durrow, Co Laois next Tuesday and Wednesday.
Lot 866, which will come up on Wednesday afternoon, is a George III serpentine-fronted mahogany chest in good condition complete with its original handles.
Collectors with deep pockets will be interested in a pair of 19th century mahogany and parcel gilt commodes, estimated at €15,000-€25,000.
There is a wide selection of antique furniture of various styles and periods, from sideboards and mahogany chests to window seats, circular dining tables, comfortable armchairs, and even a snooker table.
There are mirrors and display cabinets and secretaires and card tables from various periods in an auction which is full of temptations.
Undoubtedly there is still value to be had, but demand is on increase once again.
The sale, entitled ‘Classical Convergences, Antiques, Art and Accent’, will kick off with a short section on Persian rugs and old advertising signs.
The across-the-board selection on offer ranges from armorial and decorative arts and collectibles, to violins and wine.
There is garden furniture, lighting, militaria, silver, jewellery, and art.
The Irish art selection on offer includes Thomas Roberts and James Arthur O’Connor and there is an abstract study of a female nude by Edward Delaney which is estimated at €1,000-€1,500.
There is viewing from 10am am to 5pm today, tomorrow, and Monday, and the sales start at 10.30am on Tuesday and Wednesday.