If you’ve just moved into a new home or you’re keen on revitalising an existing one, then making the time to drop in on an auctioneers could make all the difference to your living space. If you’re an aesthete, then sometimes a houseful of IKEA and Habitat is unsatisfactory and you need beautiful, one-off pieces from the past to make your living space come alive and tell a story. Modern reproductions just never look the same, even the best ones. Here are three of the capital’s leading furniture-specialising auction houses to get things started, needless to say that we at Aussie we can help you take items to or collect items from any of these action houses.
Lots Road Auctions, Chelsea
Although it’s not the best choice if you’re looking for an absolute bargain, it’s certainly one of the brightest and best. Auctions have been held every Sunday here since 1979 and even if you’re not bidding, strolling through the wonderful collections here is a good excursion into yesteryear. You’ll find carpets, rugs, works of art, mirrors, lights, antique and contemporary furniture and jewellery. Lots Road is open for viewings between Wednesday and Sunday. You can view everything at lotsroad.com and then bid online.
Located at 1 Colville Road, London W3, Chiswick Auctions has been going for two decades, bringing together fabulous collections of furniture, fashion, jewellery, rugs, antiquarian books, musical instruments, ceramics, glass and much, much more. Head to chiswickauctions.co.uk to look at the catalogue. Viewings take place on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, with auctions on Tuesday. Some goods are for immediate sale.
Criterion Auctioneers & Valuers
In business since 1989, Criterion has two salesrooms in London and prides itself on holding the capital’s largest weekly auction. At criterionauctioneers.com you can view the catalogue of antiques and bid by all the usual methods (in person, by phone, online etc). The salesrooms are in Islington and Wandsworth.
High Road Auctions
A newer auction house, High Road is on Chiswick High Road, with auctions on Tuesday evenings. Valuations are available seven days a week and there are weekly furniture, silver, jewellery and ceramics sales. Visit highroadauctions.co.uk for all the details. The same company has a branch in Twickenham, too.