Are antiques out of style?

How the antiquities sector has adapted to significant changes in market conditions.

22/12/2021    

You would struggle to find anyone who hasn’t been affected by the pandemic, many businesses have faced hardship whilst some have excelled. Thankfully, the auction industry has seen a huge uplift in online spending, and those auction houses that were not already established have adapted their online presence accordingly.

Here at Dawsons, buyers can find unique and one-of-a-kind items at the touch of a button. We are more invested than ever in growing our online-only auctions, whilst striving to create a virtual environment where bidders can examine and view items before purchasing them.

As Dawsons’ MD, Aubrey Dawson explains… “Live video valuations over WhatsApp and FaceTime are now commonplace when before they were almost unheard of, not to mention countless Zoom calls. Whilst live online bidding has been popular for quite some time, our auctions are now solely online and we are all the better for it.”

A Virtual Jewellery Valuation

 

A change in trends

In 2021 we saw a transition away from minimalism towards mixing of styles and ages, old versus new, allowing buyers to achieve personalised eclectic décor full of character and uniqueness offering a contemporary but comfortable feel. How we use our homes has massively evolved creating the need for multifunctional spaces, as well as a sense of retreat.

A mid-century rosewood sideboard, designed by Robert Heritage for Archie Shine  

A mid-century rosewood sideboard, designed by Robert Heritage for Archie Shine. Sold at Dawsons for £1,200.

 

Social media has been instrumental in attracting a wider demographic of buyers, from the Gen X, Millennials to the Gen Z. As these younger generations discover that antiques offer a way to individualise their homes whilst also being sustainable, we have seen a renewed interest to invest in items that have meaning and that can be enjoyed in the home, whilst incorporating modern convenience.

 A 'Tiffany Studios New York' seven-lamp glass 'Lily' table lamp

A 'Tiffany Studios New York' seven-lamp glass 'Lily' table lamp. Sold at Dawsons for £3,200.

 

 

What's next?

As we head into 2022, we can’t help but feel optimistic. Not only have auctions thrived in the face of a global pandemic, but the country's enthusiasm for antiques has been reignited by a renewed focus on our homes and the comfort that nostalgic pieces provide. As for the challenges ahead, we look forward to embracing change and feel very confident about the future of the antique trade.

 

Please do get in touch should you have any queries or maybe you have an antique you would like to have valued.

We would love to hear from you.

Call us on 0207 431 9445 or get in touch via email at info@dawsonsauctions.co.uk.

 

Aubrey Dawson

Aubrey Dawson

Aubrey has over 20 years’ experience as an Auctioneer & Valuer under his belt and is our resident watch expert (he loves them). You may have been fortunate enough to have seen Aubrey in action on TV, as he was a regular on several BBC programmes over the years (including Bargain Hunt and Antiques Roadshow).

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