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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Mirror result at Bonhams reflects Ralph Edwards link

07 March 2022

The George I period giltwood and gilt gesso girandole or mirror shown here belonged to art historian, connoisseur and collector Ralph Edwards (1894-1977).

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The web shop window: A set of 1950s Danish chairs

28 February 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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Winning a Race for pair of Kangaroo chairs

21 February 2022

A pair of Kangeroo chairs were discovered in Lincoln.

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Catherine Southon tees off to a fine start in 2022

21 February 2022

Egyptian antiquities and Rolex are a hit in first sale of the year held at Surrey golf club

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Tale of two table cabinets in one sale

21 February 2022

Chorley’s (22.5% buyer’s premium) Fine Art & Antiques auction was topped at £28,000 by a 17th century Mughal ivory inlaid rosewood table cabinet.

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Eames furniture: The iconic Mid-century chair

21 February 2022

Determining when in the past seven decades a genuine Eames classic was made is not an exact science

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Ercolani’s post-war vision lives on

21 February 2022

And why, when it comes to the secondary market for Ercol furniture, blonde is certainly more fun

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Arne went to work on an egg

14 February 2022

Among the top sales at the winter edition of The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair last month was this 1963 Arne Jacobsen leather egg chair and ottoman.

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Range of furnishings from Dorset manor add buzz to Crewkerne auction

14 February 2022

The furniture and works of art sale at Crewkerne auction house Lawrences (25% buyer’ premium) on January 21 included a set of George II walnut seating furniture with an excellent provenance.

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Church lots: Holy appropriate consignments come to saleroom

14 February 2022

Ecclesiastic buildings can be the source of good secular antiques: typically items bequeathed in the distant past by parishioners for church use.

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Oak sales revived in Suffolk

14 February 2022

Specialist auctions staged in Stowmarket with expert input show encouraging signs

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Buyer shells out for Georgian armchair

14 February 2022

This early Georgian walnut open armchair was one of the highlights of the sale of Old Master paintings, English and Continental furniture, silver and decorative arts held by Doyle (26/21/15% buyer’s premium) in New York on January 26.

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If we’re not burning coal any more, what about furniture use?

07 February 2022

Among the more unusual recent lots at Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) was an early Victorian table carved from parrot coal.

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The web shop window: 1930s dining table set

07 February 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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The £5 junk shop find which proved to be a £12,500 Vienna Secession chair

07 February 2022

This fine example of Vienna Secession furniture was bought last year in a junk shop on the south coast for just £5.

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Rocking horses: the mane attraction

31 January 2022

Two of the main manufacturers of rocking horses – and competitors – featured in two salerooms recently.

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Exotic Christopher Dresser chairs influenced by Egypt motifs

31 January 2022

Although catalogued by Smiths of Newent (20% buyer’s premium) as a chair from the early 19th century Empire period, this ebonised mahogany, gilt and polychrome side chair is more probably from the mid-Victorian period.

George III mahogany serving table

Mahogany table sold by Winchester Cathedral stars in our pick of six auction highlights

28 January 2022

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a George III mahogany serving table that made over 40-times estimate at Bellmans in West Sussex.

Edward Barnsley cupboard

Cotswold family connections in demand at auction

17 January 2022

Lyon & Turnbull’s single-owner sale titled The Minoprio Collection: British Design in the Arts & Crafts Tradition included some very strong prices for mid-century Cotswolds School furnishings.

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Eastern furniture proves no sleepy market as huanghuali bed makes £140,000

17 January 2022

The market for Chinese furniture has come on leaps and bounds in 20 years.

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