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.

George I architect’s desk

A grand design: George I architect’s desk in demand

20 March 2023

This exceptional George I walnut and feather-banded architect’s desk was hammered down at seven times its low estimate.

img_30-8.jpg

A Charles II stumpwork casket is among five lots to watch

20 March 2023

With estimates from £400, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.

Maltese bureau cabinet

Maltese cabinet makes du Boulay top price

20 March 2023

This mid-18th century Maltese walnut and marquetry bureau cabinet was the top lot of the du Boulay Collection at Duke’s.

img_22-1.jpg

Mouseman Elephants clock price pushed up

13 March 2023

Carving once available in low four figures now sells for five in North Yorkshire saleroom

Gillow & Co side cabinet

A Gillows side cabinet is among five lots to watch

13 March 2023

With estimates from £400, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week

img_23-1.jpg

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.

img_22-2.jpg

Best of West and East covered by one carpet

13 March 2023

When Ziegler and Company of Manchester established a carpet factory in Sultanabad in 1883, it did so with a clear idea of its customer base.

img_1-1.jpg

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.

Regency bronze candlesticks

English candlesticks created with Egyptian style

13 March 2023

This pair of English Regency bronze candlesticks in Egyptian revival taste sold for £1800 at Laidlaw (20% buyer’s premium).

Mouseman elephants clock

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.

img_28-2.jpg

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.

img_20-1.jpg

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

img_35-5.jpg

The web shop window: An aesthetic movement side chair

06 March 2023

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online.

img_16-1.jpg

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.

img_21-1.jpg

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.

Giacometti chandelier

Giacometti chandelier bought in Marylebone antiques shop for £250 sells for £2.4m

01 March 2023

A chandelier made in the 1940s for the offices of cultural magazine Horizon, and later purchased by artist John Craxton, sold for a hammer price of £2.4m at Christie’s.

img_34-3.jpg

An Edward Burne-Jones stained glass window by Morris & Co is among five lots to watch

27 February 2023

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

img_53-1.jpg

On a space exploration mission: new salvage fair in Tiverton

27 February 2023

Organiser of Devon event that has run out of room for dealers launches second fair in Tiverton

img_39-4.jpg

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.

img_34-2.jpg

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.

Categories

News