Gotta Have It
Antiques shopping isn't all fusty, ancient furniture that costs thousands. Check out our super-cool wishlist for Mallams House and Garden Auction in Abingdon.
There’s a lot more to antiques auctions than dusty, ridiculously expensive mahogany bureaus, doncha know. Currently top of my interiors shopping wishlist is this quirky 1930s Oxford Rowing Club life preserver (estimated price £80 to £120). One of the lots at local auction experts Mallams‘ House and Garden Sale in Abingdon on Mon 16 March, it’d make quite the statement on my newly painted bathroom wall, I reckon.
On perusing their auction catalogue , I was surprised to find loads of well-priced, relatively modern pieces. There’s everything from vintage leather travel bags for £80 to Scandi furniture for £200-£400, plus so much incredible artwork I’m tempted to open a gallery. I’m particularly partial to this pop art-style piece by Jim Marshall (estimated price £300-£500).
Then there’s the full-sized shepherd’s hut on the books too – move over, David Cameron, there’s a new hut-master in town! The estimate is £8,000 to £12,000 and you could recoup that by dolling it up and popping it on Airbnb. Or fill it with gin and use it as a hideaway from the kids.
Cast amber plastic modernist chair, estimated price £80 to £120.
Scandinavian white chair-backed sofa, estimated price £200 to £400.
Late 19th century watercolour, estimated price £200 to £300.
Automaton birdcage clock, estimated price £80 to £120.
Vintage leather bags, estimated price £80 to £120.
Early 20th century oak folding screen, estimated price £200 to £400.
Mallams’ House and Garden Sale, 16 March. Dunmore Court, Wootton Rd, Abingdon OX13 6BH. Tel: 01235 462840; mallams.co.uk