Fancy trying an interiors auction?
Because you won't get THAT in Ikea. Local auction experts Mallams have just the thing you need to save you from interior design fatigue. Get those paddles ready...
I must admit my experience of antiques auctions is limited to watching David Dickinson (and his extraordinary tan) on Bargain Hunt. But it seems I’ve been missing out – apparently they’re a brilliant place for nabbing the kind of unique, quirky interiors buys that aren’t plastered all over Instagram or lining the shelves of Ikea. And, contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be loaded to get involved – you can absolutely pick up a bargain (as per David D’s iconic show, of course).
Local auction experts Mallams have been holding sales since 1788 – so safe to say they know what they’re doing. On Mon 16 March, they’re holding a House and Garden Sale in their Abingdon showroom – so what better time to flex those paddle muscles and jump into the world of auctions? The sale includes furniture, works of art, sculptures, textiles and architectural elements and garden ornaments – make sure to sign up for the auction catalogue in March to see what’ll be on offer. You can also visit the Abingdon sale-room the Friday, Saturday and Sunday before the auction to do a recce, or bid online if you can’t get away from your desk that day. We’ll be bidding on these beauties…
A 19TH CENTURY BRASS DOG’S COLLAR
This brass dog collar is engraved with ‘The Venerable Archdeacon Lane Freer, Bishopstone’ (catchy). Estimated at £80 – £120.
A WILLIAM DE MORGAN CERAMIC TILE
This ceramic tile, by English potter, tile designer and mate of William Morris, William Frend De Morgan, is decorated with a galleon design. Fun fact – many of De Morgan’s tiles were designed to create intricate patterns when several were laid together. Estimated at £70 – £90.
A PAIR OF CAST IRON FIRE DOGS
Woof! These cast iron fire dogs reputedly came from the Houses of Parliament, and would have been used to lay logs on in an open fireplace. Estimate to be confirmed.
AN AMERICAN STEUBEN GLASS SCULPTURE
This glass sculpture entitled rather grandly as Column of the Owl came to Mallams from a private Cotswold vendor, and is made of metal and moulded glass from New York art glass manufacturer Steuben Glass. Estimated at £1000 – £2000 (only for serious owl fans, then).
Mallams’ House and Garden Sale, 16 March. Dunmore Court, Wootton Rd, Abingdon OX13 6BH. Tel: 01235 462840. See mallams.co.uk for more info