Christie's sale two years ago of the extra-fine Messer collection ( pounds 7.6m, 100 per cent sold) signalled a top-end recovery. Now the mid-market is reviving, yielding prices such as Bonhams' pounds 22,000 for a set of 'plain' Chippendale chairs with no extra carving, estimated pounds 6,000- pounds 8,000 in its fine English sale (which totalled pounds 500,808). Even the bottom end is looking up. This week's under- pounds 5,000 furniture at Bonhams Chelsea was 91 per cent sold. Some provincial sales have also achieved spectacular successes.
Next week, Bonhams has a sale of 19th- and 20th-century furniture, porcelain and sculpture, Thursday (2pm), its first such combined-sector period sale in the manner of Christie's and Sotheby's. More middle-to- fine furniture at Phillips, Tuesday (11am) and at Christie's South Kensington, Wednesday (10.30am) among European artworks and carpets.
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Christie's South Kensington, Tuesday: satsuma ware, (10.30am); corkscrews, wine-related items, silver and plate (also 10.30am); glass and paperweights (11am). Thursday: Oriental ceramics and artworks (10.30am), fine and rare cameras (also 10.30am). Christie's, Wednesday: clocks, watches, barometers (10.30am), books, manuscripts (11am).
Twycross, Leicestershire: Lord and Lady de Clifford's 1,250-lot moving-house sale of contents, on-premises at Cliff House; 17th- to 19th-century furniture, paintings, carpets, porcelain, sporting guns, Thursday and Friday (10am daily). Heathcote & Ball (0533 536789).
Glasgow: Estimates at Christie's whisky sale start at pounds 100 a bottle, Wednesday (11am). 164 Bath Street (041-332 8134).
Hull: Contents of a health studio; slimming and gym equipment, sauna, mirrors, office fittings, Thursday (6pm). Edwardian Auction Galleries (0482 500500).
Richmond, Yorkshire: Tennants' fine art sale, Thursday (10am), includes furniture, jewellery, dolls, automata and musical boxes. Old Chapel Saleroom (0969 23780).
Benson, Oxfordshire: Complete on-site contents of a knackers and scrap yard, including fire engines and other vehicles, telephone boxes, lamp posts, plant, tools, Wednesday (10am) at Passey & Sons, Brook Street Yard. Thimbleby and Shorland (0734 508611).
West Hampstead: Due to withdrawal of government funding, plant and equipment of the Builders Training Association, on-site at Blackburn Road NW6: includes woodworking machinery, hand and power tools, fittings and a portable office building, Tuesday (1pm). Singletons (061-876 0748).
Billingshurst: Sotheby's two- day sale of furniture, paintings, textiles, treen, metalwork, pottery, porcelain, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10.30am daily (0403 783933).
Aberdeen: On-site liquidation sale of the Northern Co-operative Society at Berryden Road. Workshop, bakery, reprographic and canteen equipment, and vehicles. Wednesday (10.30am). Ryden, Henry & Butcher (0224 636800).
Nottingham: Receivership sale of paint manufacturing equipment including paints, oils and primers and motor vehicles, on- site at the Victoria Works, Wells Brown, Thursday (10am). Walker, Walton, Hanson (0602 584631).
Olympia Fine Art and Antiques continues until Tuesday. Weekend (11am-7pm), Monday (11am-8pm), Tuesday (11am-5pm). Entry by catalogue pounds 8 (071-370 8188).
Castle Howard Annual Antiques: 40 dealers in the state rooms, Wednesday-Sunday, 10am daily (0277 362662).
Welsh Decorative and Antiques: Dyffryn House, St Nicholas, Cardiff, Friday-Sunday from 10am. (Allen Lewis Fairs; 0202 604306).
Countrywide: Antiques Trade Gazette (071-930 4957) and Government Auction News (0686 668851, hotline 0891 887700).Reuse content