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.


Settle could be early as 16th century

13 March 2023

Most joined oak settles that appear on the market date from the 17th and the 18th centuries.


The might of the round table at Fellows

13 March 2023

Topping Fellows’ sale of Antiques, Fine Art & Collectables, a timed online event closing on March 3, was this impressive 19th century Italian giltwood and micromosaic centre table.

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Top-selling Mouseman clock stars in our pick of five auction highlights

10 March 2023

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a Mouseman clock case carved with elephants that more than doubled its estimate in North Yorkshire.


An 18th century bureau cabinet is among five lots to watch

06 March 2023

With estimates from £800, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.


Rare banknote was worth a bit more than fifty quid

06 March 2023

Early example note from Sir Christopher Wren issue takes group lot to high four figure price


The web shop window: An aesthetic movement side chair

06 March 2023

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online.


Christopher Dresser: ‘I propose three feet formed as to serve as handles’

06 March 2023

Dr Christopher Dresser’s conical sugar bowl with three angled leg-like supports is one of the great ‘eureka’ moments in Victorian design.


Furniture heads overseas from Northumberland

06 March 2023

Paintings dominated the sale of contents of Meldon Park, Northumberland, but furniture going abroad also made a significant contribution.


The web shop window: A sewing table by Charles-Guillaume Diehl

27 February 2023

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


A rare 16th century livery cupboard is among five lots to watch

20 February 2023

With estimates from £800, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.


Three days of Krehbiel sales include fine English antiques

13 February 2023

Hindman is conducting a series of auctions featuring property from the collection of the late Fred A Krehbiel and his wife Kay Krehbiel.


Carpet and cabinet create international interest in Salisbury saleroom

13 February 2023

Five-figure stars from north India and South America took top honours at a notably international sale at Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) on January 18-19.


Cabinet interest revived in Dallas

13 February 2023

The Curated Home sale at Heritage in Dallas on February 24 includes this pair of Louis XVI-style gilt bronze mounted parquetry and marquetry side cabinets.


‘Official’s hat’ type Qing armchairs for sale

13 February 2023

The Asian art sale at John McInnis in Massachusetts on February 25 includes this pair of Qing ‘official’s hat’ type huanghuali armchairs.


American auction offers items with London dealer provenances

13 February 2023

The English Interior sale at Stair Galleries includes furniture, fine art and decorative objects with provenances to well-known London dealers.

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Top stories this week – including news of a George II console table making over 90 times estimate

12 February 2023

The most viewed stories on this website over the last week included news of an important George II console table bringing huge interest and setting a house record a Twickenham auction house.

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Auction bidding battle for rare Kentian console ends at six-figure sum

06 February 2023

An important George II console table emerged for sale at The Auction Room London on January 31.


‘Akin to living in a private museum’

06 February 2023

Wife describes how collector husband Chris Hancock’s latest artworks had to fight for space in a family home


Collectors discover the value of Vuitton Explorer trunks

30 January 2023

Late 19th century Louis Vuitton Explorer trunks are a rare and desirable subset of vintage luggage.


The web shop window: Victorian reclining armchair

30 January 2023

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