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.


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.

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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.


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.


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


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.


Furniture with a backstory viewed in full focus

20 February 2023

A footstool owned by Ringo Starr, a chair from the set of Casablanca and a Jean Cocteau wooden candelabra made for the home of Igor Stravinsky feature in a selection of furniture with intriguing histories at New York gallery ‘B’ Dry Goods.


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.


Black Forest clock carves out auction demand

13 February 2023

This monumental Black Forest figural clock with matching stand, c.1880, is a mighty 7ft 1in (2.16m) high overall.


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.


Tiffany dragonfly lamp to delight

13 February 2023

Sotheby’s New York holds an online auction titled Design that runs from March 7-14.


‘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