Furniture

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.

Sir Terence Conran

Collection from Sir Terence Conran’s home comes to auction

22 September 2022

A collection of items from Barton Court, the home of the late Sir Terence Conran (1931-2020), is coming to auction at Bonhams in December.

Pietra dura animal panels

Pick of the week: A collecting passion set in stone

19 September 2022

Florentine pietra dura animal panels from home of art dealer Sir Jack Mervyn Frank Baer take six-figure sum.

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Get set for the Getty collection

19 September 2022

Ann and Gordon Getty sale turns focus to the best of British and Continental furnishing.

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Put some chrome in your home

19 September 2022

Among the pieces included in Freemans’ Art and Design sale is this Womb chair by the Finnish-American designer Eero Saarinen, a design from 1947-48.

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Enjoy a day on the tiles

19 September 2022

The annual Nottingham Tile Fair is a small specialist event with 10 dealers at the upcoming fair in St Jude’s Hall, Mapperley, Nottingham.

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ATG LETTER: Can readers name the designer of this table?

19 September 2022

I wondered whether any of your readers would be able to identify a designer or maker of this table?

Giltwood chaise

Autumn auction season begins with deep seated interest in Scottish sofas

12 September 2022

Pairs of Regency sofas brought some very comfortable sums at two Scottish auction houses as the autumn season began last week.

Turner's armchair

Bonhams brings oak and folk sale to Scotland

12 September 2022

Bonhams has relaunched its oak and folk art sales – this time in Edinburgh.

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The Swan’s jewels shine among Shakenhurst lots

12 September 2022

With the added lustre of having been worn by a Fifties aristocratic supermodel, two jewellery items entered by her grandchildren were the stars at Bellmans’ (22% buyer’s premium) sale of items from a Shropshire manor.

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‘The King of Desks’ comes to the UK

12 September 2022

A recent sale at Mander Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Sudbury was topped by this textbook example of late 19th century American furniture: the Wooton secretaire desk.

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5 Questions: Furniture and works of art dealer David Houlston

12 September 2022

David Houlston specialises in period oak and vernacular furniture and works of art in Stow-onthe- Wold.

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Tridarn's traditional triumph at Trevanion

12 September 2022

Proof that a traditional piece of furniture can still bring a traditional price, this mid-18th century oak tridarn went seven times above estimate at the Trevanion (20% buyer’s premium) auction in Shropshire.

Galerie Steinitz

French antiques dealer teams up with Christie’s to auction blockchain-recorded furniture

07 September 2022

Antiques dealer Benjamin Steinitz is to offer 58 lots of furniture and decorative arts at auction that will be registered and secured on a blockchain.

Surrealist bed

Ready for a night of surreal dreams

05 September 2022

This striking unique bed was designed in 1935 by poet and patron Edward James together with interior decorator Norris Wakefield.

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A piece of Mouseman furniture and a psychologist's portrait are among six lots to watch

05 September 2022

With estimates from £200-6000, here are six previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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Boomerang chairs show modern furniture market remains strong

05 September 2022

Mid-20th century designer material such as teak Boomerang chairs was in demand at a Ewbank’s (25% buyer’s premium) sale in Woking this summer.

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Single-owner Parisian collection includes Louis XVI commode

05 September 2022

A single-owner sale of property from a Parisian collection will be on offer at Artcurial in Paris on September 21.

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Chippendale chairs feature at Sotheby’s sale of the Joseph Hotung collection

30 August 2022

Sotheby’s will sell around 400 works from the collection of the late Sir Joseph Hotung (1930-2021) across a series of dedicated auctions in Hong Kong in October and London in December.

Wooton secretaire desk

Early example of ‘The King of Desks’ stars in our pick of five auction highlights

26 August 2022

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a prime example of American office furniture from 1874 that doubled estimate in Suffolk.

Kinsham Court in Herefordshire

Contents from Arkwright family home consigned to Bonhams

23 August 2022

The contents of Kinsham Court, the Herefordshire home of the Arkwright family, will be offered at Bonhams in October.

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