VICTOR MEE AUCTIONS ANSWERS SHIFTING CLIENT DEMAND BY LAUNCHING INTERIORS BY MEE
Family-owned-and-operated Irish auction house Victor Mee Auctions has introduced its newest initiative, Interiors by Mee, to meet the growing demand for ‘old meets new’ from a younger generation of collectors. Catering to a whole new client base, the team have developed a spectacular array of decorative interior pieces, statement lighting and an eclectic mix of furniture which will hit the auction block in the first Interiors by Mee auction at the Cavan-based auction house on Tuesday 12th March 2019.
Behind the development of the auction house’s newest initiative were father-and-son auctioneers Victor and Bryan Mee. Commenting on the upcoming Interiors by Mee March sale Victor Mee said, “Over the past year we have noticed a significant drop in the average age of our furniture and decorative interiors buyers and as a result, Bryan and I have been developing our offering of both antique and modernist pieces of furniture that are functional but quirky to complement the homes of our new generation of bidders.”
In line with shifting home décor trends inspired by aspirational Pinterest boards, social media accounts, and a shifting consumer culture which is placing more value on quality vintage pieces over ‘disposable’ or flat-pack furniture, younger homeowners and decorators are seeking out unusual and unique statement pieces to set their living spaces apart from others and many have turned to Victor Mee auctions to source their home decor.
“We have been incredibly encouraged by the growing popularity of our sales among younger bidders,” said Bryan Mee. “As auctioneers we have a strong appreciation for historic and collectable pieces, and we are delighted to see a growing number of buyers embracing the uniqueness that comes along with owning vintage or rare pieces. We know that these pieces will be cherished for years to come because of the stories and history that come along with them as well as the quality of craftsmanship which is difficult to find in modern pieces.”
Always keen to embrace innovation, the thriving auction house last year announced significant investment in its online presence in order to appeal to its growing base of global bidders tuning in online to take advantage of the unique items which cross the auction block at Victor Mee Auctions. This digital savvy has been noticed by young bidders who are now in turn visiting the auction house to get a chance to take home a piece of history. To best display their newest collection of interiors the team at Victor Mee Auctions have transformed the auction house into three sections; a mid-century open-plan sitting and dining room, a country pine kitchen, and a traditional, Georgian-style dining room. It is the team’s belief that seeing these historical pieces in-situ within the home setting will help to inspire bidders to think outside the box when choosing items for their homes.
Mid-century, regency, country pine furniture and outdoor interiors promise to take centre stage
Decorative and interiors items representing a range of time periods will be showcased at Victor Mee’s Interiors by Mee auction including iconic pieces from the growingly-popular eras incorporating mid-century modern and country pine furniture. Bidders in March will get the exciting opportunity to enter three unique home-inspired spaces; a mid-century open plan sitting and dining room comprising of an American teak E. Gomme G-Plan sofa with two matching arm chairs, a rare Neils Otto Moller mid-century dining table and chair, and stunning G-plan side board.
Moving in to the country pine kitchen, bidders can expect to find a range of traditional but unique pieces of furniture including 1940s café-style chairs and a stunning pine bar. Across the auction house a traditional Georgian-style dining room with unusual, regency pieces has been developed to entice bidders who favour period furniture, perfect statement pieces when paired with more modern décor.
Admired and sought after by interior designers around the world, 1950s Parisian glass pendant lighting, used in its original form as street lighting in France’s capital city, will light up the displays within the Interiors by Mee sale. These pieces of rare Parisian history are highly adored and are sure to be popular amongst bidders visiting the auction house and tuning in to bid online globally.
“It was important to us to display each item as it would appear in the home for our first Interiors by Mee auction, which is why we have decided to create a home environment within the auction house,” said Victor. “Buyers are looking out for that one significant piece to create a central focus in a room and we believe that our new creative set-up will be the most effective and enjoyable way for bidders to view the pieces in our upcoming March auction. We have also made sure to include outdoor interiors in our first Interiors by Mee sale. Bidders can expect a wonderful collection of garden statutes, including cast iron garden benches and a fantastic Georgian-style urn,” Victor concluded.
Remarkable collection of African tribal art to hit the auction block
Homeowners are more commonly mixing different fabrics, textures and colours as part of current interiors trends, and rare African artefacts and art pieces act as a beautiful central focus to all styles of homes, but especially the more minimalist trends which are en vogue. Victor Mee’s upcoming auction will host a collection of African tribal art comprising of 70 lots from Allen Denton Miller’s private collection, spanning over 60 years.
Allen, having spent a large part of his working life in Africa, was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to live and travel throughout the Continent. His love and passion for Africa resulted in collecting traditional tribal art at the source which he then brought back to Ireland following his return to Ballyconnell in 2014. There are many interesting and valuable pieces to be found in his collection, some dating back as far as the 19th Century, and many of which would provide a significant conversation piece as the focal point of a room’s décor.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to bring these unique and incredibly rare pieces of African art to the auction block, giving the public the rare opportunity to own a truly one of a kind piece which cannot be found on the High Street,” added Victor.
Traditional art from local Irish Artists
Showcasing the diversity of the decorative interiors and furniture up for sale in the upcoming Interiors by Mee sale, Victor Mee’s 12th March sale will also feature a number of exquisite Irish paintings including a Percy French watercolour as well as several paintings from Northern Irish artist Colin Middleton from Belfast and County Wicklow artist George Campbell.
Middleton was born in 1910 in Belfast and was heavily influenced by the work of Vincent van Gogh. He regarded himself as the only surrealist working in Ireland in the 1930s. A self-taught artist, Campbell painted during the 1940s and was particularly well known for his landscapes, still-life and figure paintings.
Commenting on the diversity of the upcoming sale, Bryan Mee said, “We are extremely excited to welcome bidders of all ages and backgrounds to our first Interiors by Mee sale on Tuesday 12th March. We believe we have a fantastic range of furniture and decorative interior pieces on offer to suit all tastes and we are sure all of our interested customers will find the perfect piece to enhance their home.”
For more information on the upcoming 12th March sale of Decorative Interiors and Furniture Sale at Victor Mee Auctions visit www.victormeeauctions.ie.