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.


Table suitable for Grand Tour big buyer

06 November 2023

No 19th-century Grand Tourist would have considered his or her visit to Rome complete without a day spent shopping for micromosaics. Most would return home with a small box, a paperweight or a plaque.

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Pick of the week: Biram’s safety lamp shines at auction

30 October 2023

Lot 57 at Sutton Hill Farm Country Auctions on October 21 comprised ‘2 framed paintings, signed J Cole, one other’, taking a hammer price of £8. Lot 59, a ‘vintage Sesame Street Big Bird piano toy’ (in working order) made it into double figures, at £14.


European modernist rug owned by music executive Stein sells in New York auction

30 October 2023

An Ivan Da Silva Bruhns rug from the estate of Sire Records founder and art collector Seymour Stein outperformed expectations at Capsule Auctions’ (25% buyer’s premium) Art & Design sale in New York on September 27.


Kime flies when you’re bidding

30 October 2023

Focus on three days of dispersing the collection of renowned interior designer and antiques dealer


5 Questions with carpet dealer Christopher Legge

30 October 2023

Christopher Legge of Legge Carpets is among the exhibitors at the Cotswold Art & Antiques Dealers’ Association Fair. He specialises in high-quality handmade carpet and textiles especially tribal weavings from Iran and central Asia.


Midcentury Modern fair looks back over the past 20 years

30 October 2023

Business partners look back at how their events and the market have evolved since their fairs launched.

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Top stories this week including a new high for a pair of chairs

29 October 2023

The most viewed stories on this website over the last week included news of the record for a pair of chairs broken twice as part of Christie’s Rothschild family auction series.


Pair of chairs record toppled twice in same Rothschild sale

23 October 2023

The auction record for a pair of chairs was broken twice as part of Christie’s Rothschild family auction series in New York.


So Last Century goes for interiors

23 October 2023

Alan Old of So Last Century Fairs has been talking to ATG about his ambitions as well as giving news of a new fair to be launched next year.


All you need is light: a Beatles table lamp

23 October 2023

This kitschy Beatles table lamp discovered in a house clearance sold for an impressive £950 (estimate £100-150) on September 14.

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Pick of the week: Museum steps in to buy Blessington Commode

16 October 2023

An important piece of Irish marquetry furniture scheduled to sell in County Louth last week was withdrawn from sale at the 11th hour after a deal was struck with the National Museum of Ireland.


It’s a furniture first at Frieze fair

16 October 2023

The first pieces of antique furniture ever to sell at Frieze Masters were snapped up as the 11th edition of the fair opened last week.


Birdbath makes Battersea splash

16 October 2023

A stoneware birdbath designed by one of Rodin’s students was among the highlight sales at the autumn edition of the Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair.


Table that’s worth Moore thanks to probable Georgian maker

16 October 2023

This George I giltwood side table offered by Lots Road Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) is one of a group typically attributed to James Moore.


Arthur Swallow Fairs: quirky buys ideal for the curious

16 October 2023

The Cheshire showground event run by Arthur Swallow includes plenty of conversation starters.


Bullish price for Capron creation

16 October 2023

The Roger Capron Navettes table from Tajan’s (26/21/14% buyer’s premium) September 19 sale of modern and contemporary ceramics, which was previewed in ATG No 2609, sold for €1000 (£870) including premium.


Pick of the week: Cabinets hint at Grendey grandeur

09 October 2023

A spectacular pair of English giltwood and lacquer cabinets emerged for sale in Germany.


Elveden Hall sale: provenance creates a heady brew

09 October 2023

Country house auction boasted not just on-the-premises appeal but Guinness and Duleep Singh connection


Grass always greener in Los Angeles

02 October 2023

A classic example of Italian ‘anti-design’ led Billings’ (30% buyer’s premium) latest auction of Modern Art & Design.


Dealers help publish books covering furniture and Moorcroft

02 October 2023

Two books concerning the world of antiques have recently been released with the support of UK dealers.