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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Lucky lacquer at Surrey sale

30 November 2020

The November 11 Islamic & Oriental sale at John Nicholson’s (25% buyer’s premium) in Fernhurst was topped at £6200 (estimate £400-600) by this 19th century cinnabar lacquer table mirror.

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Suffolk House stages Christmas show of 70 pieces of furniture

30 November 2020

Suffolk House Antiques is staging its annual Christmas exhibition after giving its usual summer show a miss this year.

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Late Qing table screen makes £11,000 at Ewbank’s

30 November 2020

This 12in (30cm) high late Qing famille rose porcelain and hardwood table screen came for sale at Ewbank’s (25% buyer’s premium) in Send, Surrey, on November 12.

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Back-to-front way of doing business

23 November 2020

Quirky might be a way to describe Andrew Blackall’s antiques shop which is both Number 56 and 70 in the High Street, Corsham.

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ATG letter: Rennie Mackintosh furniture was made by internees

23 November 2020

MADAM – I was pleased to see that a piece of furniture designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for 78 Derngate, Northampton, had sold so well at auction early in November (front page, ATG No 2467).

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Firing demand: three fenders eagerly contested at autumn sales

16 November 2020

Pictured here are three quite different brass fireside fenders – all of them eagerly contested at autumn sales.

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ATG letter: Maybe an Irish whiskey spelt whisky explains rarity

16 November 2020

MADAM – your item on the Victor Mee auction of pub memorabilia (ATG No 2467) contains a minor, yet possibly significant error.

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Pick of the week: Fab pair from ‘Glasgow Four’ duo

09 November 2020

Two pieces by ‘Glasgow Four’ artists Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) and Frances Macdonald McNair (1873-1921) topped Lyon & Turnbull’s Decorative Arts: Design since 1860 auction on November 2-3.

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A looking glass believed to have been owned by Marie Antoinette is among the four lots to watch at auction this week

09 November 2020

With estimates from £1000-70,000, here are four previews of upcoming items this week.

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Georgian globes travel to Los Angeles

09 November 2020

This pair of early 19th century George III period terrestrial and celestial globes in mahogany stands are by Dudley Adams, (1762-1830) a member of the well-known Adams family of globemakers.

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Mirrors reflect the Mollys local magic

09 November 2020

Irish auction house Victor Mee (19% buyer’s premium) holds regular sale of pub memorabilia and collectables but the online-only October 5-6 offering was on another level.

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The web shop window: Aesthetic movement slipper chair

09 November 2020

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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Slimline sale in Cheffins still one to remember

09 November 2020

Auctioneer makes his debut on the Cambridge rostrum with reduced but memorable offering

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The web shop window: Arne Jacobsen's Swan Chairs

26 October 2020

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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Dunand’s dear deer: screen takes £75,000

26 October 2020

Bonhams’ new-format Design sale in London on October 14 was topped by Jean Dunand’s 'Les Biches' (the hinds), a lacquered wood folding screen, c.1926.

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Four methods dealers are using to showcase stock

26 October 2020

The firebreakers, circuitbreakers, alerts and tiers have made recent weeks feel chaotic. But dealers are carrying on regardless, devising new and different ways to sell their stock safely, whether online, through catalogues or in person.

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Martin Brothers bird among highlights of two-day decorative sale

26 October 2020

More than 700 lots of Decorative Arts and Design spanning the 19th through to the early years of this century were offered for sale by Woolley & Wallis (25/12% buyer’s premium) in Salisbury over two days.

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Art Deco consoles offered at Tajan

26 October 2020

Pictured here is one of a pair of Art Deco consoles by Gilbert Poillerat (1902-88) from c.1938 that will feature in a sale of 20th century Decorative Arts to be held by Tajan in its Paris rooms on November 17.

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Dealer hails ‘exceptional’ campaign chest

19 October 2020

An early 19th century campaign chest designed to be broken down into two parts for easier travel has been hailed as “exceptional” by the specialist dealer who bought it at an Essex auction.

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Dealer offers forerunner of the modern sofa bed

19 October 2020

In the campaign furniture market, provenance and an interesting story behind the owner are important.

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