Looking forward to 2015

PUBLISHED: 05:32 02 February 2015

A Comyns salt and pepper in the form of pigs

A Comyns salt and pepper in the form of pigs

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A time to reflect and feel excited about the year ahead, for Rebecca Mayhew, manager of Durrants Auction Rooms in Beccles.

I sit writing this article on a dull November morning, before even the first Christmas cards have been written, and am taking time to reflect on the successes that we have enjoyed in 2014.

All in all, it has been a busy year, with over 26 sales having been held at the Auction Rooms, plus many additional off-site sales, charity auctions, machinery sales and online sales to boot.

Since I joined the auction department in 2011 we have doubled the team and expanded our expertise dramatically, gaining two members of staff this year alone, which has allowed us to hold additional specialised sales throughout the year, including militaria and sporting guns, pictures, stamps and coins, and postcards, all in addition to our regular sales of antiques, silver, jewellery, glasswares, furniture, ceramics, and so forth. We have also teamed up with John Wilsons of Beccles to provide a comprehensive house clearance service, which complements our ability to act for private individuals, executors and estates in matters of probate.

The sale calendar for 2015 is looking very exciting, with our first sales of antiques, fine art, jewellery and silver on February 13, followed in short order by a two-day sale of toys, coins, stamps, postcards, records, militaria and sporting guns on February 26 and 27. We have already had an additional request for a one-off sale of militaria and military vehicles, which is shaping up to be a spectacular auction with some particularly rare vehicles including a right-hand drive Woody staff car and a Bedford Troop Carrier, along with other vehicles such as an Armstrong Sidley and Fiat 500, both for restoration.

Our first online machinery sale will take place on March 18, and due to the success of the last sale in November we have enquiries for entries already.

As to trends for 2015 from an antiques and collectables perspective, vintage is still very much in vogue, with the emphasis being on having key pieces with which to dress a room. The trend for Art Deco remains very strong, whether it be walnut furniture, metalware (particularly Liberty’s), jewellery and sculptures.

If you are starting a new home in 2015, there has never been a better time to buy quality furniture at sensible prices – far better than buying mass produced, flat pack furniture!

For further information about upcoming sales or advice about valuation and property clearance, contact Rebecca on 01502 713490 or auctionrooms@durrants.com

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