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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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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The web shop window: 'mystery' centre table at Lorfords

14 August 2023

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

Wellington chest

A Victorian Wellington chest is among five lots to watch

07 August 2023

With estimates from £300, here are five previews of items coming up for auction this week.

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Braziliant Brecheret: a Modernist pioneer at auction

07 August 2023

Italian-born sculptor was a founding figure in the first wave of Modernism via São Paolo

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The web shop window: 19th century French cocktail cabinet

24 July 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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Buffa and Anzani rarity emerges

17 July 2023

Among the most popular lots in the Guinevere: 60 Years on the King’s Road sale was this rare Italian marquetery, vellum and bronze sideboard.

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Chermayeff console table was created for Waring & Gillows

17 July 2023

Jeroen Markies is a specialist in all things Art Deco, offering a range of furniture, sculpture, glass and lighting.

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Harry and Lou Epstein in the mix at The Design Gallery

17 July 2023

The Epstein family produced some of Britain’s leading examples of Art Deco furniture.

Chinese clothing rack

Clothing stand racks up six figures at US auction

10 July 2023

Although the mid-week sales at US auction house Stair Galleries typically focus on affordable property, there are some exceptions.

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Royal Worcester by renowned designer George Owen doubles up at auction

10 July 2023

Classic examples of distinctive porcelain take four-figure sums in Gloucestershire

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Very desirable, very Moorish

10 July 2023

Furniture attributable to Gillows demonstrates demand for desirable pieces

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Butterflies create a bit of a flutter in the saleroom

10 July 2023

The 40 trays of British butterflies in this handsome mahogany four-section cabinet by JJ Hill & Son of London were collected by Geoffrey Alfred Cole.

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You shouldn’t lose your marbles – they could be worth thousands

03 July 2023

Vendor finds glass marbles are worth more than expected as they make surprise four-figure sums in Bury St Edmunds

Persian mirror

Pick of the week: Persian mirror emerges at Lincolnshire auction

26 June 2023

A 14th or 15th century Persian mirror that emerged at auction in Lincolnshire took a five-figure sum.

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