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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French candelabra shine out at summer auction in Yorkshire

26 July 2021

Leading the Summer Fine Sale at Tennants in Leyburn was this pair of French ormolu-mounted, white marble and porphyry candelabra.

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Cotswolds fair returns to school venue after a long enforced break

26 July 2021

After more than 18 months, 'The Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair' is ready to open its doors again.

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Al Thani's 18th century day bed rises way above estimate at Sotheby's sale

26 July 2021

Ornate piece of c.1780 furniture from sheikh’s collection heads a sell-out auction

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Ornate 14th century casket doubles estimate in France

26 July 2021

The top-priced lot in a Prunier Auctions’ (27% buyer’s premium) sale of Haute Epoque or early works of art held proved to be the 14th century ivory casket pictured here.

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Farming family reaps reward years later as Flemish cabinet tops Wilson55 sale

19 July 2021

A sale at Wilson55 (22% buyer’s premium) in Nantwich this month was topped at £22,000 by an 18th century Flemish ebony and tortoiseshell veneered cabinet.

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5 Questions: Owen Pacey of Renaissance London

19 July 2021

Owen Pacey is the founder of Renaissance London in Shoreditch, specialising in antique fireplaces and architectural salvage, launched over 30 years ago.

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Early reproductions of French furniture now matching the price of original pieces

19 July 2021

The price gulf that once existed between good 18th century French furniture and very good late 19th century revivalism is no longer visible at auction. A quality reproduction can often outsell its period exemplar.

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Mirror on the crest of an auction wave

19 July 2021

The vast majority of cushion-moulded mirrors from the late 17th century have lost their original cresting, which was both flamboyant and fragile.

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The web shop window: Mogensen chair

19 July 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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Furniture treasure trove amassed over 30 years

19 July 2021

Prize examples of French 18th century furniture were on offer at Drouot when Hughes Taquet of the auction house Hôtel des Ventes de Mantes-La-Jolie (26.4% buyer’s premium inc VAT) offered the collection of René Siméoni.

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‘Mouseman’ commissions excel in the salerooms

05 July 2021

Smaller decorative pieces by Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson (1876-1955) continue to excel in the saleroom.

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Piano and stool from 1901 Glasgow Exhibition surfaces at eclectic Ayrshire summer sale

05 July 2021

What auctioneer Michael Callan called “a modest mid terrace town house in Irvine, Ayrshire” was the source of one of the star lots of a recent Thomas R Callan (20% buyer’s premium) sale in Ayr.

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Oak chair designed by Hoffmann for Klimt's studio appears at Vienna sale

28 June 2021

At the beginning of the 20th century, Gustav Klimt was without doubt the most famous Austrian painter, and Josef Hoffmann the most renowned designer and architect.

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Wonderful ways to wine and dine at Suffolk sale

28 June 2021

While wine served by Richard and Sheila Miller was generally drunk from Georgian glasses, it could come to the table via these later talking points.

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East to west is a cool move for dealer Phil

28 June 2021

After 10 years based at London’s Old Spitalfields Market, Phil Taylor Cool Stuff is moving west to the antiques hub of Lillie Road in Fulham.

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Bench owned by Dutch notables emerges in Stuttgart sale

28 June 2021

In the course of the 19th century, the company founded by Henrik Fredrik Jansen became one of the most important manufacturers of furniture and furnishings in Amsterdam.

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Mouseman powder bowl stars in our pick of five auction highlights

25 June 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes one of Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson’s smaller decorative pieces that made over three-times estimate in Yorkshire.

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Cellarette made in London, on offer in Maine

21 June 2021

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries in Maine kicks off its summer season with a three-day sale from July 9-11 and the return of live in-house bidding.

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Opium pipe blows away estimate in auction of Finch collection

21 June 2021

A tobacco pipe which opened the series and an opium one which ended it – interspersed by a cigar stub – met keen demand at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium).

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Photographer with good eye for antiques

21 June 2021

On July 15, Stair in Hudson, New York, will offer the collection of photographer Luigi Pellettieri.

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