With self isolation very much at the forefront of people’s minds at present, this week my thoughts turned to a way of life rather than an artefact. Before the radio, the television, the internet, the telephone, not to mention the mobile phone and the gaming craze whatever did people do?
They invited a few friends round for an evening of music.
In the past chamber music was a private affair in which the privileged few were entertained with
sonatas and string quartets. The very wealthy sometimes employed their own composer to write
music just for them, but the general public had no access to this wonderful world.
Gradually however, over many years the piano became a more affordable instrument for the
middle class family, which in turn encouraged the market for chamber music. Soon the music for
piano duets and simple songs was being purchased everywhere. Opera goers could now buy
simple arrangements of their favourite operatic arias and perform them at home.
Less popular were the violin sonatas and string quartets as they demanded a high level of musical training. But as the standard of tuition improved, so the demand for instrumental chamber music increased.
In the saleroom today there is always a very good demand for musical instruments and in fact it would be fair to say that in a way the tables have turned since the very early days of chamber music and the piano’s popularity. Stringed instruments are generally speaking much the better seller in the auction room today.
Senior Valuer Michael Dowse
For more information or if you have similar items you’re thinking about offering items in auction or you simply would like a valuation, please get in touch with us, full details can be found on our company website
With Christmas now out of the way, you’re probably due a clear out! Why traipse to the local car-boot sale and stand out in the cold when we can do it all for you….
Have you ever wondered about selling your treasured possessions or family heirlooms at auction, but have never done so before because you don’t know how to?
It doesn’t have to be complicated or daunting. Read on to follow the simple process here at Sheffield Auction Gallery…
Can you bring your item(s) to us or do you require a Valuer to come to you?
Our Sheffield Saleroom is conveniently located just off the A61 (Chesterfield Road) at Heeley next door to the Heeley Retail Park. We have a carpark and are fully disabled accessible. If you have items of a Specialist nature, it’s worthwhile ringing us on 0114 281 6161 to make sure a Specialist Valuer is available to see you. Generally, valuation days are Jewellery on Mondays and all other items Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 10am to 4pm and and one Saturday per month 9am to 12pm for all items.
Our Valuer will initially advise whether your items are saleable, what their estimated auction value is, whether you would like to set reserves on them and finally which auction(s) they are most likely to go into. The Valuer will make all charges/fees clear to you at this point. Your items will then be securely stored in our building until the week prior to the auction.
The week prior to the auction, we will send you a “pre-auction notification” reminding you that your items will be offered in the next auction, this will state the estimate/reserves you agreed with the Valuer.
If your item(s) sell, we will send out a cheque to you in the post, generally 2 to 3weeks after the auction, with all charges already deducted. If your item fails to sell, we normally will re-offer them in the next suitable auction, with the original estimate halved. (You will be notified of this by a subsequent pre-auction notification as above).