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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'Armada Table' makes €360,000, nearly twice top estimate, at Adam's in Ireland

16 October 2018

A table created from wood and sculptural elements from a Spanish Armada galleon shipwrecked off Ireland’s west coast 430 years ago, has sold for €360,000 plus 20% + VAT at auction house Adam’s today (Tuesday, October 15).

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Mighty mouse: Horlicks’ Mouseman commission stirs up Essex auction room

10 October 2018

The Horlicks collection of Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson furniture was sold at Sworders auction yesterday for £236,000.

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Dealers at the Bruton Decorative Antiques Fair offer advice on discovering your top table

08 October 2018

Fairs can be an ideal place to hunt out that perfect piece of furniture thanks to the high volume and wide variety these events provide. At 'The Bruton Decorative Antiques Fair' there is a particularly strong selection of tables (and much else) this year.

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Prime example of East German design emerges at Wendl

08 October 2018

Even when the Cold War was at its height there were, admittedly rare, possibilities for commercial cooperation between West Germany and the German Democratic Republic.

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Four collectables with royal connections up for sale this autumn

04 October 2018

Items with royal connections have extra cache for buyers when it comes to desirability and price. Here are four objects with direct connections to noble owners that are currently for sale across dealerships and auctions.

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British grand piano from 1845 sells in Dallas auction

01 October 2018

Heritage Auctions in Texas sold this Broadwood amboyna and giltwood grand piano for $22,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) at a recent auction. Evidently it had been on quite a journey.

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Furniture from Mouseman’s major commission for the Horlick’s factory in Slough – one to watch next week

28 September 2018

With a loyal UK collecting base – and a growing number of fans overseas – Mouseman furniture of all periods has a strong following on the secondary market.

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Table made of Spanish Armada ship parts up for auction at Adam's in Ireland

27 September 2018

A table made of wood and sculptural elements from a Spanish Armada galleon that was shipwrecked off Ireland’s west coast 430 years ago, and described as “one of the most important and earliest pieces of Irish furniture”, is to be offered by auction house Adam’s in October.

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Indo-Portuguese furniture exports shine at auction in the UK

24 September 2018

Two early examples of Indo- Portuguese furniture sold for five-figure sums at auction this month.

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God bless American bidders - Lyon & Turnbull hails return of transatlantic interest in furniture at auction

17 September 2018

Auction house Lyon & Turnbull hails the encouraging return of American interest at its September 5 sale.

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ATG letter: Chippendale ivory removal is ‘unforgivable’ – furniture dealer Martin Levy

03 September 2018

MADAM – Your news story (‘Ivory removed from Chippendale before sale’, ATG No 2356) draws attention to the deliberate and unforgivable removal of original ivory elements from an important commode by Thomas Chippendale, England’s most famous cabinet maker.

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ATG’s Chippendale news story: media reaction

03 September 2018

Our story last week revealed that ivory elements of an important piece of Chippendale furniture, the Rowland Winn commode made c.1766, were removed for its appearance at a Christie’s auction earlier this year, the commode having been imported from the US.

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Furniture highlight at Galloway Fairs’ North Yorkshire event

03 September 2018

A late 19th century kingwood and ormolu mounted jardinière, offered for £4995 by Mark Buckley Antiques of Ilkley, is among the pieces on show at Galloway Fairs’ next event at Duncombe Park.

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Five Grand Tour collectables coming up at regional auctions next month

31 August 2018

Specimen marble tops, micro-mosaics, plaster intaglios and marble neoclassical sculptures – objects such as these were typical purchases for the Grand Tourists who visited the sights of classical civilization in the 18th and 19th centuries. All regularly appear at auction.

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Ivory removed from Chippendale commode before Christie's sale

27 August 2018

Ivory elements of an important piece of Chippendale furniture were removed prior to its appearance at auction earlier this year, ATG has learned.

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Items with ivory already threatened

27 August 2018

MADAM – In his letter (ATG No 2355) Michael Baggott references the possibility that, following changes in the law, antiques could be mutilated because of their ivory content.

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Why reclining Morris armchair proved a £7600 Victorian seat of power

17 August 2018

A Morris & Co adjustable armchair brought strong competition at a recent auction in Cumbria. In largely original condition despite some obvious signs of wear and tear, it was taken to 10 times its estimate at PFK Auctioneers before it was knocked down at £7600.

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh cabinet made for Glasgow tea room entrepreneur makes £11,000

16 August 2018

A cabinet made by Scottish designer and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) for a Victorian tea room businesswoman has sold for £11,000 at Willingham Auctions in Cambridge.

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Huanghali heads to high popularity

13 August 2018

Just as fine English mahogany is selling below par, Chinese furniture, particularly in the desirable huanghuali hardwood, is booming.

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Mayfair gallery keeps it simple with Deco desks

13 August 2018

Simplicity and geometry are key to the works of Eugène Printz, one of the Parisian practitioners of Art Deco design.

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