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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Furniture: Georgian on buyers’ minds

04 February 2019

With vendors now well adjusted to realities of the market, the demand for standard Georgian furniture is unspectacular but steady.

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The Bowes Museum and dealer Lennox Cato open ‘Sold! The Great British Antiques Story’ exhibition

29 January 2019

The antiques trade descended on The Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle for the opening of an exhibition celebrating dealers’ shops, tastes, practices and their role in the creation of museum collections.

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Rare Dresser armchair made for Art Furnishers’ Alliance makes 70-times estimate at auction

28 January 2019

This Aesthetic movement X-frame armchair took £11,000 against an estimate of just £100-150 at Lawrences of Crewkerne.

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Catalogue focus – six highlights showcased by dealers including a desk with royal provenance

28 January 2019

Dealers spend a lot of time and thought on the catalogues they bring out to showcase stock – here is the latest in our occasional series looking at recent examples covering a range of art and antiques

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Three salvage solutions: a trio of upcoming fairs

28 January 2019

Buyers are spoilt for choice during May and early June when three decorative and salvage fairs will be running in the UK, all in interesting outdoor settings. Here is a short focus on them.

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Family art and antiques collection offered at Childress Gaffney auctions in South Carolina

28 January 2019

The sale of a family collection of British and American art and antiques assembled by three successive generations of South Carolina enthusiasts will go under the hammer through Childress Gaffney auctions in Greenville on February 9.

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Oxford’s Bodleian Library buys 500-year-old book-box from Paris dealer

24 January 2019

The University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries has acquired a rare 15th-century French Gothic coffer – one of the largest-surviving examples of a late medieval box used for transporting precious books.

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Seven highlights from Chiswick Auctions’ sale of the remarkable contents of a 16th century home

23 January 2019

The “stunning” contents of a 16th century London house owned by a collector of art and antiques is coming to auction next month. Chiswick Auctions will offer more than 110 lots in the sale called A Private London Collection on February 5.

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Salisbury auction house sees in the new year in style as department sets a new high

21 January 2019

Historically the first major sale of the year, the January ‘furniture’ auction at Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) turns eyes towards Salisbury for evidence of what the next 12 months will bring.

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Gem from Old Sodbury

21 January 2019

The traditionally ‘dead’ period between Christmas and New Year was enlivened by the December 28 sale at Wotton Auction Rooms (17.5% buyer’s premium) in Gloucestershire – to the extent that more than 20,000 people suffering withdrawal symptoms worldwide viewed it online and 1360 of them registered to bid.

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Sweet music box in Lincoln auction

21 January 2019

The continued interest in Victorian music boxes in this age of Spotify and streaming was evident when three were among the 1500-lot sale held by Unique Auctions (17.5% buyer’s premium) to launch the new year.

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Guillemin torchères shine in Selborne

21 January 2019

Topped by the 17th century Dutch bottles at £30,000 (see ATG No 2375), the year’s first sale at Hannam’s (23% buyer’s premium) had other treasures among the 2000 lots including the French bronze figural torchères, right.

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What lots caught bidders’ eyes in the last week? Five auction highlights including a George I walnut chest

18 January 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week include a George I walnut chest with some appealing decoration and a bronze sculpture of a golden eagle by Dame Elisabeth Frink.

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Antique dealer's son to auction extensive collection of oak furniture and delftware at Bonhams

09 January 2019

A fine collection of antique oak furniture, treen and delftware owned by Pelham Olive, the son of dealer and co-founder of the Regional Furniture Society Gabriel Olive, is to be sold at Bonhams.

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Swallow dips in to open another salvage event

07 January 2019

Organiser launches Malvern fair to run alongside existing venues.

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Twentieth century design in the regions led by Beuer chaise longue

07 January 2019

While five-figure sums for top-end 20th century design furniture are familiar in the international centres of New York, Paris and London, fewer pieces appear in the UK regional market.

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Thonet furniture from international expert's collection emerges in Cologne auction

07 January 2019

Since the early 1990s Wolfgang Thillmann, a German and philosophy teacher, has devoted himself to collecting Thonet bentwood furniture and become an internationally acknowledged expert in the process.

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Pick of the week: Rare Louis Vuitton travel trunk full of interest

21 December 2018

“Every specialist has an object that they dream of having in their sales,” says Matthew Rubinger, Christie’s head of handbags and accessories. “For me, it’s the aluminium Explorer trunk by Louis Vuitton. The market is full of silver-coloured metal trunks, but this piece is their inspiration.”

Cocktail theme mixes it up for first Battersea Dec of 2019

21 December 2018

The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair takes place at Battersea Evolution in the new year, offering a wealth of objects from early oak furniture to fine art to 20th century design.

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Furniture: bright signs for the best

21 December 2018

While the market shows increasingly discerning tastes, quality definitely counts at auction.

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