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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Auction of Scottish house collection provides cross-section of life in a grand country mansion

21 September 2020

The allure of well-priced, market-fresh chattels from a blue-blood country estate can pique the interest of the most world-weary auctioneer or antiques dealer.

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It’s got your name written all over it: Dealers sell trunk with fitting label

21 September 2020

Nicki and Ralph Retallack who run their second antiques and decorative fair at Enys House, near Falmouth this weekend, have been in touch with a story about coincidences.

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An early television transmitter and a Mouseman cupboard are among the six lots to watch at auction this week

14 September 2020

With estimates from £200-15,000 here are six previews of upcoming items this week.

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The Fine Art Society gallery finds quirky Soho home

14 September 2020

Two years after closing its Mayfair base the gallery has reopened in lively Carnaby Street in London.

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Accessibility is central to oak dealer's relocation

07 September 2020

Furniture dealership Early Oak has moved from Burford in the Cotswolds to a more central location for all its UK buyers in Harringworth, near Northamptonshire’s border with Rutland.

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Walking stick stand sold at Hampshire auction is a Black Forest beauty

07 September 2020

So-called ‘Black Forest’ carvings don’t get much better than this walking stick stand modelled as a seated hound next to a tree stump offered by Hannam’s (23% buyer’s premium) in Selborne, Hampshire.

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17th century cabinet blending East and West style attracts interest in Henley auction

31 August 2020

This 17th century teak, ebony and ivory standing cabinet or contador is a type associated with the Indo-Portuguese settlement in Goa.

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Chinese export cabinets at Bellmans come market-fresh from family

31 August 2020

A pair of Chinese export black lacquer chinoiserie decorated cabinets on stands came for sale at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) in Wisborough Green, West Sussex on August 11 with a blue-chip provenance.

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Vintage fair So Last Century returns with Bank Holiday weekend event

27 August 2020

So Last Century, the vintage event focused on homeware, furniture, lighting and posters, is to hold its first fair after lockdown on August 31 in Beckenham.

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The Mouseman in his prime

24 August 2020

Classic Robert Thompson products from family collections underline current keen demand.

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Carving much mightier than a mouse

24 August 2020

The Robert Thompson firm produced shire horses, such as this example offered by Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne on July 23, from the 1960s-90s.

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Craftsman who fought ‘tyranny of the machine’

17 August 2020

Sworders’ September 8 sale of Arts & Crafts & Art Deco includes an unprecedented number of pieces by Stanley Webb Davies (1894-1978).

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Glamour and high society mix in a Scottish country house sale

28 July 2020

Ingredients for a tantalising sale don’t come much better than high society, glamour, famous names and an illustrious family combined with a varied, single-owner country house collection.

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Early summer sales in Paris awash with modern design highlights

23 July 2020

Among the high-season sales traditionally staged in Paris in the early summer is a selection of auctions devoted to modern design.

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Casket at Sevenoaks auction reflects rags to riches story

20 July 2020

This late Victorian silver-gilt and enamel ‘freedom casket’ sold at Ibbett Mosely (15% buyer’s premium) of Sevenoaks carries the name of John Aynsley II (1823-1907) and was awarded following his tenure as mayor of Longton from 1886-90.

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Fashionable furniture among highlights of virtual edition of Masterpiece

13 July 2020

A George IV rosewood table with an Italian specimen marble top, c.1820, was among the highlight sales at Masterpiece’s recent virtual edition, selling with an asking price of £75,000 to a private collector.

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Works of art with aristocratic connections feature at Christie’s new The Collector sale

11 July 2020

Christie’s has launched a new cross category auction as part of its Classic Week sales featuring many items with aristocratic connections.

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Putting Berlin on the Islamic globe

29 June 2020

The sky was (almost) the limit at the recent sale at Bassenge (28% buyer’s premium) in Berlin when an Islamic celestial globe came up for sale.

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Freeform table flies past estimate to take €75,000

08 June 2020

A freeform table from the 1950s was the surprise winner at the design sale of Schops Turowski (23% buyer’s premium) in Krefeld on May 9.

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Purchases fit for royalty at Kensington Church Street's summer showcase

08 June 2020

After months of lockdown, one’s home may no longer be feeling like one’s castle. However, that situation is easily remedied thanks to the Kensington Church Street Art & Antiques Dealers Association’s Virtual Summer Showcase, which takes ‘fit for royalty’ as its theme.

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