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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Snappy Dresser rewarded at £21,000

02 May 2022

The latest design sale at Roseberys featured this Aesthetic movement silver and ivory claret or water jug designed by Christopher Dresser.

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Record for ‘MoMa’s’ Aalto smoking table

02 May 2022

This table by Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) sold for €92,000 (£77,700) at Stockholms Auktionsverk in Helsinki – a record for the Finnish designer.

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Pair of Windsor Chairs sets a furniture puzzle

02 May 2022

Pair sold at Somerset saleroom spark a debate on where and when they were made

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ATG letter: Cost restriction meant not so mighty mouse

25 April 2022

Re: your article in ATG No 2538 (A Trio of Arts & Crafts designers in focus) including a Mouseman oak blanket chest sold at Sheffield Auction Gallery for £12,000 hammer, which features the mouse carved in recess rather than profile.

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The web shop window: George III mahogany writing table

25 April 2022

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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Pull up a chair or two in Cotswolds

18 April 2022

A pair of George III period carved giltwood salon armchairs in neoclassical taste, c.1775, are among the highlights at The Cotswolds Decorative Antiques & Art Fair.

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The treats of Philadelphia

11 April 2022

Pennsylvania dealership HL Chalfant, a specialist in American decorative arts, offers a turned banister back armchair at this year’s Philadelphia Show. The chair itself was made in Pennsylvania, c.1730- 40, and is available for $35,000.

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A trio of Arts & Crafts designers in focus

11 April 2022

While the market for post-war wares by Thompson’s of Kilburn – particularly the animal and figure carvings – has grown substantially in recent years, the ‘prime period’ for Mouseman collecting remains the 1920s-30s.

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Chaise longue value lies in the maker

11 April 2022

Knowledgeable bidders spot a design by Owen Jones on offer in North Yorkshire

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The man behind the tribal mask

04 April 2022

Fang secret society relic comes with long provenance to French colonial governor

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Collector Interview: Raise a glass to breweriana

04 April 2022

A passion that began with a single tray acquired on a football away day pub visit has led to the creation of a breweriana museum

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Louis XVI-style commode by François Linke offered in Cannes

04 April 2022

This Louis XVI-style commode from c.1900 is by the Parisian ébéniste François Linke (1855-1946).

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ATG letter: Ercolani mastered psychology as well as furniture

28 March 2022

I very much enjoyed Roland Arkell’s excellent article on Ercol furniture (ATG No 2531).

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Seated figure of Chinese deity creates new top price for Chantilly porcelain at auction

28 March 2022

A new high for a piece of Chantilly porcelain and two pre-emptions for paintings featured in a recent sale held by Daguerre (30% buyer’s premium) at Drouot in Paris.

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Wine-coolers benefit from silver finishing touch

28 March 2022

The London firm Samuel Jackson seems to have specialised in mounting other materials in silver to produce wine-coolers.

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Characteristic Rohlfs chair sets record

28 March 2022

A characteristically elaborately pierced and carved oak hall chair by the US furniture maker and designer Charles Rohlfs (1853-1936) proved to be the toast of the most recent Cottone (20% buyer’s premium) auction.

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Miró from Hubert de Givenchy's bedroom to be offered at Christie's

28 March 2022

Highlights from Christie’s sales of works from the collection of Hubert de Givenchy, which are to be sold in Paris in June, are currently on a world tour that takes in the US: Palm Beach March 5-26; New York April 8-13 and Los Angeles April 27-29; then Hong Kong May 23-27 before returning to Paris.

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Breakfast table serves up a £32,000 result

21 March 2022

This early 19th century walnut and ebonised circular breakfast table sold at Hawleys (20% buyer’s premium) is very much in the Grecian revival style.

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Château furnishings assembled over generations emerge at auction

21 March 2022

The contents of the Château de Jouac in Haute-Vienne, which was the family home of Clovis Trouille (1889-1975), an artist associated with the French Surrealists, are to be offered by Mirabaud Mercier.

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5 Questions with Rosey Ford of Serendipity Antiques

14 March 2022

Rosey Ford of Serendipity Antiques specialises in 18th century furniture, especially four poster beds, extending dining tables, large sets of chairs and “just about anything you can think of”.

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