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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Elveden Hall auction brings back the room bidders

18 September 2023

In what may have felt like a flashback to the past, when bidders actually attended day sales in person, the Elveden Hall auction held by Sworders was deemed a runaway success.

Letters: Woodwork is not from the Liberty ‘Tudor building’

18 September 2023

In reply and hopefully to provide Alan Landis with some reassurance, the rescue of Liberty’s woodwork is a sign of their commitment to preserving its rich heritage (Letters, ATG No 2606).


5 Questions with Daniel Smith and Marine Edith Crosta

18 September 2023

Marine Edith Crosta and Daniel Smith of Crosta Smith Gallery are among the exhibitors at the upcoming LAPADA Berkeley Square Fair (September 27-October1).


The web shop window: Regency writing table

18 September 2023

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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Charles III Coronation chairs consigned to Christie’s

15 September 2023

The first chairs from this year’s Coronation to be sold are coming to auction… already.


Charles II casket could do with a bit of love

11 September 2023

Lawrences’ (30% buyer’s premium) summer sales series in Crewkerne included a Charles II period stumpwork casket.


Capron creates tile-topped table

11 September 2023

Tajan is holding a sale of Modern and Contemporary Ceramics in Paris on September 19 timed to be on view during Paris Design Week which runs from September 7-16.

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Regency Coade stone torchère lights up Fitzwilliam Museum collection

04 September 2023

A Regency Coade stone torchère has been acquired by The Fitzwilliam Museum from West Midlands dealership Thomas Coulborn & Sons.


Victorian centre table is among five lots to watch

04 September 2023

With estimates from £1000, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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Top stories this week including Liberty department store selling three floors’ worth of 1920s woodwork

03 September 2023

The most viewed stories on this website over the last week included a reader’s letter regarding the sale of timber from the famous London department store Liberty.


The web shop window: pair of Blue John lanterns

28 August 2023

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


George III commode at Christie's is a long story

21 August 2023

Attributed to Ince and Mayhew, this lot has an extensive provenance and auction history


Buyer takes slice of the pie crust table top

21 August 2023

An 18th century acanthus carved mahogany tripod table with pie-crust tilt top was one of the sought-after pieces of furniture at Tennants (24/20% buyer’s premium).


Bidders home in on a top tea caddy

21 August 2023

A superior tea caddy proved to be the toast of a Bonhams’ (28/27/21/14.5% buyer’s premium) sale of fine decorative arts in London.


Bardin globe travels Down Under

21 August 2023

An Australian bidder secured this early 19th century 2ft 4in (71cm) Bardin terrestrial library globe at Copake Auction’s (25% buyer’s premium) recent estate sale in upstate New York.


Sofa surprise at £10,800

21 August 2023

A pair of mahogany framed sofas, one shown here, caught the eye when they featured in Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s (19.5% buyer’s premium) auction on August 3.


ATG letter: Liberty’s timbers – it’s such a shame

21 August 2023

I have been a subscriber to ATG for almost two decades and this is the first time I have written to you on a particular matter which I feel very strongly about.


Tastes turned towards the elaborate French style

21 August 2023

Two examples of 17th century English furniture, reflecting the era’s vogue for French forms and top-quality marquetry and parquetry, stand out among dealers’ offerings this month.


Six pieces of furniture offered by dealers including a George II partners’ desk

21 August 2023

Dealers across the country offer an array of British antique furniture. From vernacular to formal pieces, here is a selection of what can be found.


Not plain to see: highly decorative furniture in focus

21 August 2023

Spotlight on a selection of auction lots made using unusual or exotic materials