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BUYING OR SELLING AN ANTIQUE DESK?
LET US HELP WITH OUR BUYER/SELLER SERVICE
Finding or selling unique antique furniture can be a time consuming process - why not let us help? Over the years our business has sourced and sold literally thousands of high quality antique desks and writing tables and related pieces of antique furniture. Our extensive photographic database and knowledge can be used to help you find the perfect piece of furniture. We offer our buying/selling service to both Private and Corporate Clients, Interior Designers and leading UK and International dealers.
What we can find: From our website you will see that we only deal in the very best genuine antique writing furniture (Partners Desks, Pedestal Desks, Writing and Library Tables, Unique Writing Desks, Davenports, Desk Chairs etc) If you wish to purchase such a piece of furniture, or a related piece of antique office furniture then we can help you. If we find your ideal piece of furniture and its is not in perfect condition then we can arrange for our professional restorers to attend to various details to bring each item up to standard. In fact, in some instances, it may be possible to restore an item to match your specific decor e.g. fitting a new matching leather writing surface.
What we do: We will find a desk or table to match your ideal specification as closely as possible. We start by discussing your requirements in detail with respect to size, style, colour, age and of course budget. We can compare your specification against our extensive database and photographs of previously sold items, to confirm the type of desk we shall be searching for. With the brief agreed, we will then carry out a search and produce a report of what is available. Once a short list has been agreed we will visit and inspect the shortlisted desks and negotiate or bid on your behalf to secure the item (s) at the best possible price. If necessary, throughout this process we may advertise on your behalf to widen the shortlist of possible desks or tables available to you.
How much will it cost? Obviously we will aim to secure your chosen desk at the lowest possible price whether it is from a private seller, auction house or though our network of antique dealer contacts. We call this purchase price the "Base Purchase Price". To this will be added (at cost) any restoration costs, transport, storage, auction premia and expenses incurred in the search, plus any advertising we conduct on the Clients behalf. Expenses charged "at cost" will be clearly itemised in our invoice and provided with supporting documentation.
The total of the "Base Purchase Price" plus any other costs outlined above equals the "Gross Purchase Price"
Prior to commencement of the search, we will agree our fee for the search, based on either a Percentage of the "Base Purchase Price" or simply a Fixed Amount, We will not charge a fee (other than the expenses above) if we do not find your desk or table within an agreed reasonable time period.
What can we sell? Years of experience means that we can sell pretty much any type of antique furniture given enough time and latitude to negotiate a fair price with potential buyers. However - this same experience tells us that antique desks and library furniture of high quality, provenance and in good condition sell most easily and at the best price. Partners and pedestal desks of all sizes continue to sell well and unique writing desks and library tables also have a good following. Reading tables, desk chairs and bookcases can also find good homes to discerning buyers at good prices.
What do we do: Firstly we give honest and straightforward advice to potential sellers. In the first instance we can give an appraisal based upon the sellers own description and photographs, this may be followed by a personal visit to view the item(s) in more detail and to investigate any unique features, provenance or issues around condition and presentation of the item. Advice will also be provided on the best way to achieve a sale at the best possible price. This may include, consignment, direct marketing to potential buyers (private and trade), placement at specialist auctions and/or internet marketing using our own web resources and those of other specialist website.
How much will it cost? Obviously we will aim to secure a buyer for your desk or piece of furniture at the highest possible price in an agreed reasonable time frame, whether it is from a private seller, auction house or though our network of antique dealer contacts. We call the sale price the "Base Sale Price". Prior to commencement of the sale process, we will agree the timeline and our fee for the sale, based on either a Percentage of the "Base Sale Price" or simply a Fixed Amount, We will not charge a fee (other than the expenses below) if we do not find a buyer for your desk within the agreed reasonable time period.
Expenses that may be added to our fee will be any restoration costs, transport, storage, auction premia and expenses incurred in the sale, plus any advertising we conduct on the Clients behalf - these expenses will be charged "at cost" and clearly itemised in our invoice (with supporting documentation)