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.


English bureau plat

The web shop window: English bureau plat which appeared in James Bond film Dr No

10 May 2021

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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Dining set is an open and shut case

10 May 2021

Set of table and six chairs by the Danish designer Verner Panton designed in 1971 for Fritz Hansen is on offer at the Drouot in Paris.

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Furniture prices looking good in Berkshire auction

03 May 2021

Fifteen furniture lots make five-figure sums as Dreweatts bidders show encouraging confidence

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Bureau sets second-highest Mouseman result at auction

03 May 2021

Morphets (20% buyer’s premium) of Harrogate sold a Mouseman bureau for a tub-thumping £36,000 on April 15.

EW Godwin cabinet

Anglo-Japanese wall cabinet stars in our weekly pick of five auction highlights

30 April 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a wall cabinet designed by EW Godwin that made over double estimate in Edinburgh.

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Fussy time-keeper at auction, then an idiosyncratic dealer

26 April 2021

South London auction house Roseberys (25% buyer’s premium) was instructed to sell the collection of Herbert Kennard on March 26.

Oak Mouseman bureau

Unique Mouseman bureau stars in our weekly pick of five auction highlights

23 April 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a purpose-built bureau that tripled its estimate in Yorkshire and made the second-highest ever price for a piece of Mouseman.

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Galway silver shines in Lewes auction

19 April 2021

The West as well as the East made a major contribution to the success of Gorringe’s £1m sale on March 30 where, overall, 86% of the 593 lots sold.

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Get on board for a showroom sale

19 April 2021

Chrissie and John Masters of The Design Gallery in Kent are offering this fine Art Deco sideboard by Hille at their showroom sale in Edenbridge from April 23-25.

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Designer Bertoia the diamond pleaser

12 April 2021

When designing his wellknown chairs, the Italian-American designer Harry Bertoia drew on his early experience as a jeweller and sculptor.

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Ingenious furniture designs for army officers on campaign are highlighted in Cotswolds exhibition

12 April 2021

Good-quality campaign furniture has long been admired for its nifty portable designs, fine craftsmanship and rich provenance.

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Table by French designer Fred Brouard boosts new saleroom

29 March 2021

The work of French designer Fred Brouard (1944-99) is not uncommon at sales in France and the US but seldom appears at auction in the UK.

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The web shop window: Portland stone chimney piece

29 March 2021

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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Armchairs from Follot offered at Aguttes

22 March 2021

A sale of design and 20th century decorative arts to be staged by Aguttes on March 30 spans items from the Art Nouveau era through to the latter decades of the 20th century.

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Table draws the attention in Atlanta

22 March 2021

This late 19th century English part-ebonised mahogany library table is among the items of antique furniture included in Ahlers & Ogletree’s two-day sale in Atlanta on March 27-28.

The Mouseman of Kilburn carving

Pick of the week: Mouseman figures squeak for themselves

15 March 2021

The highlight of a £75,000, 30-lot private collection of Robert Thompson oak carvings sold by Tennants was an anthropomorphic figure of The Mouseman of Kilburn.

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ATG letter: Where are these Heal chests?

15 March 2021

MADAM – I wonder if any of your readers could help with information about ‘missing’ Ambrose Heal chests.

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Italian tables emerge at LA auction

15 March 2021

A pair of Italian rococo grey painted and parcel silvered console tables, dated to the mid-18th century, will be one of the 300 lots in Andrew Jones’ latest Design for the Home and Garden auction.

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Mirror from French designer Karl Lagerfeld's studio offered at Bonhams

08 March 2021

A mid-20th century mirror by French designer and metalworker Gilbert Poillerat (1902-88) is one of the highlights at Bonhams in Los Angeles on March 25.

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The web shop window: Regency mahogany wine cooler

08 March 2021

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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