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.

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Jeremy Lamond conducts last sale at Halls

12 December 2019

Jeremy Lamond’s final auction as Halls’ fine art director took place this week with the annual Christmas sale in Shrewsbury.

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Fine Finnish: Aalto in Hull

09 December 2019

Rising in inverse ratio to the decline in classic English furniture has been the interest in 20th century design pieces such as the silver birch table and four chairs sold at Spicers (20% buyer’s premium) in Driffield on November 29.

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Export chairs created from 18th century English design sell well in the modern world

09 December 2019

It’s been a challenging couple of decades for classic English furniture but early winter has witnessed a few stars across the provinces, be it classic English or more exotic overseas material, to offer some gleams of encouragement.

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Japanese Meiji period cabinet offered in Maryland sale

09 December 2019

A Japanese Meiji period shibayama inlaid lacquer shodana will feature in the Asian works of art section of Weschler’s Capital Collections auction on December 13 in Rockville, Maryland.

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A second chance to travel with a rare Louis Vuitton trunk

02 December 2019

Collectors who missed out on a rare late 19th century cabin trunk at auction last week have the chance to buy another in West Sussex this coming Friday.

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The web shop window: Gilded 18th century settee

02 December 2019

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Georgian candle stand in the spotlight at Christmas exhibition in Suffolk

02 December 2019

One of the rarest pieces in Suffolk House Antiques’ Christmas selling exhibition is a Georgian candle stand in fruitwood and elm. The back would have protected the flame so that the person using it would have uninterrupted light even in a draughty house. Examples bearing the original backs do not always show up intact.

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Furniture for Christmas – dealer launches festive shopping event in Battersea

25 November 2019

Furniture dealer Christopher Howe is hosting a Christmas shopping event at his new Battersea warehouse on December 6-7.

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The web shop window: Italian trompe l’oeil altar board panels

25 November 2019

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Big names boost Aesthetic appeal at auction

18 November 2019

Even during his lifetime Edward William Godwin complained that ebonised tables to his textbook ‘Anglo-Japanese’ design c.1867-68 were being copied by a number of different manufacturers.

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The web shop window: English furniture in French style

18 November 2019

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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From a San Fran apartment

11 November 2019

This small-scale wall mirror by Line Vautrin from c.1950 measures approximately 15in (38cm) in diameter.

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Spotlight on the design process

04 November 2019

Ceramics, furniture, glass and figure highlights from a range of sales under same banner.

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Go for a close shave at Olympia

28 October 2019

Chinese barber’s bowl is a stand-out item at event now running in a revamped format.

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Take the chair in Harrogate

28 October 2019

The final instalment of the three annual Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative Antiques & Fine Art Fair includes this small naive hedge or country chair, c.1820, from Ireland’s County Antrim.

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Spate of south London cattle and horse trough thefts rises to four

22 October 2019

Local community groups across south London are calling on the antiques trade to be alert to Victorian animal troughs that have been stolen from four sites this autumn.

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Conan Doyle’s desk solution

21 October 2019

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859- 1930), author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, was so keen to work during his extensive travels that in 1925 he commissioned a case-maker to create a trunk that transformed into a writing desk.

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Dorset country house auction takes over £1m

14 October 2019

Last week’s on-the-premises sale at Athelhampton House in Dorset was a near sell-out with a hammer price of close to £1.2m.

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Rare circular Georgian cistern emerges at Summers Place

14 October 2019

Always popular items, a Georgian lead cistern offered at Summers Place Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) was also rare in being circular. Usually they are rectangular, having stood against a wall connected to downpipes.

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'Witch' mirrors enchant buyers at Duke's auction

14 October 2019

Catalogued as ‘witch’ mirrors, this c.1970 pair certainly charmed bidders at Dorchester auction house Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium). The key was the signature Line Vautrin, ROI for the Parisienne designer and decorative artist Line Vautrin (1913-97).

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