Every piece of furniture has a practical purpose regardless of how simple or grand it is, even if some pieces were built more for display than function. Today, furniture remains one of the largest areas of the antiques market and items are categorised by type and period.

The term brown furniture refers to traditional pieces made from dark woods such as mahogany, while pieces made from native woods like oak and walnut are sometimes referred to as vernacular furniture.

Famous historical makers include Chippendale, Gillows, William Vile and John Cobb. More recent market trends have seen modern vintage pieces appearing in specialist design and ‘Interior’ auctions.


Georgian mahogany furniture features among four lots to watch this week

15 July 2024

With estimates from £5000, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week

Sundial designed by Archibald Knox

Rare Liberty & Co terracotta sundial by Archibald Knox emerges in South London

13 July 2024

One of the most watched lots currently on is a rare Liberty & Co terracotta Floralis pattern sundial designed by the legendary Archibald Knox in c.1905.


Classic Chinese sleeper as table soars to 300 times the low estimate

08 July 2024

A recent sale of Asian art at Marques Dos Santos (19/17.48% buyer’s premium) in Porto included a classic Chinese sleeper.


Five questions with Streett Marburg

01 July 2024

Streett Marburg has specialised in 18th century furniture for many years. His partner Charlotte Casadéjus is known for conservation work in antique textiles and her French embroidery and linen expertise has led to the creation of bespoke cushions and bolsters. In 2019, Streett and Charlotte opened their first shop in Lillie Road in west London.


A family provenance to chew on: collection bought with proceeds of a biscuit empire

01 July 2024

Two days needed to disperse items collected over generations thanks to biscuit production success


Robert Young summer show: Simply

24 June 2024

A very early 18th century Scandinavian rune stick offered for £5500 is one of the highlights of the Robert Young Antiques summer show.


Sword ‘linked to the Lion of the Punjab’ takes a £44,000 slice of the action in huge four-day sale

24 June 2024

A number of strong performers stood out in a variety of individual pieces offered in Bamfords’ (24.75% buyer’s premium) large four-day auction


Five Questions: David Harvey

24 June 2024

David Harvey, one of the exhibitors at Classic Antiques Fair at the NEC, specialises in furniture dating from the reigns of Charles II through to George IV. WR Harvey & Co (Antiques) was established in Chalk Farm by his father in 1951. In 1996, the showrooms moved to the Cotswolds, where they remain to this day.

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Stay Young this summer

18 June 2024

Robert Young Antiques launches summer show in Battersea.


'William Kent' table is among five lots to watch this week

17 June 2024

With estimates from £800, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week


Aquitania luxury liner lots steam into sale to satisfy a US buyer

17 June 2024

At the same time as a naval arms race was taking place in the years just before the First World War another maritime competition developed in the shape of liners.

Victorian centre table

Most watched: Victorian centre table attracts interest ahead of auction

11 June 2024

An intriguing Victorian centre table, in the manner of Morant & Co, is coming up for auction this week at Lay’s Antiques & Interiors sale.


Cheuret heron theme console table fits the bill

10 June 2024

During his lifetime relatively little was written about the work of Albert Cheuret (1884-1966).


Newbury sale features collection of well known interior designer, art dealer and collector

03 June 2024

Count Manfredi Della Gherardesca 's collection offers old and new mix of more than 400 varied lots


Furniture (and a very big flag) feature strongly in Harrogate

03 June 2024

Furniture features as a strong showing at the second Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair of the year.


Memphis Milano made its mark

27 May 2024

The Memphis Miliano design movement was born on the evening of December 11, 1980, when architect-designer Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007) invited young creators and architects to discuss the future of Italian ‘post-modern’ design.


Modern design: Why Pesce preferred the far from perfect

27 May 2024

Designer Gaetano Pesce liked ‘beauty full of mistakes’, an approach reflected in his playful creations


Chair obsessed dealer makes first appearance at Paxton House fair

27 May 2024

Inaugural fair at Scottish borders venue also marks a debut appearance for a man obsessed by chairs


From the quirky and trendy to the traditional: Battersea Decorative fair reports strong sales

27 May 2024

Among the highlight sales at the recent Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair was a George III pine chest of drawers featuring more recent overpainting in willow pattern.


Variety of homewares prove popular at Vintage Home Show

20 May 2024

Organiser of a series of shows says curation means traders are offering a wide range of items