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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Louis XVI secrétaire emerges at Drouot sale

12 November 2018

Art Richelieu Castor-Hara is offering a single-owner French collection featuring Old Masters and modern paintings, and classic furniture in a sale at Drouot.

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh tearoom chairs sit comfortably at a combined £150,000

05 November 2018

Two Charles Rennie Mackintosh chairs made for Glasgow’s Argyle Street Tea Rooms starred at Lyon & Turnbull’s Decorative Arts sale in Edinburgh last week.

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Art & Antiques for Everyone offers suggestions to brighten the home this winter

05 November 2018

Those looking to brighten their home this winter could turn to the wide selection of bright or colourful antiques on offer during the next edition of 'Art & Antiques for Everyone'.

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Auctions in Ireland and Staffordshire show enduring appeal of the ‘country house’ format

05 November 2018

“It was a great deal of work,” said Adam’s (20% buyer’s premium) managing director James O’Halloran of the operation involving the removal of 700 lots – including the ‘Armada Table’ and other massive pieces – to the Drogheda stately home venue of Townley Hall for sale.

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Caskets box clever at sales

05 November 2018

The name of the Russian Arctic circle riverine port of Kholmogory derives ultimately from the Finnish Kalmomäki for ‘corpse hill’ or ‘cemetery’, but this is regarded as coincidental to its reputation for carved bonework.

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The timely record for punning Lutyens clock

29 October 2018

Included in the Important Design sale at Phillips in London on October 18 was an unusual mantel clock designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869- 1944).

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Rare 19th century miners’ lamp lights up auction in Rotherham

24 October 2018

A rare miners’ lamp was the unexpected highlight of Paul Beighton’s October 14 sale in Thurcroft near Rotherham.

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Chairs sit pretty in salerooms among furniture auction selections

22 October 2018

At a time when catering for niche interests is a profitable path for auctioneers, recent sales in Scotland, Ireland and England have shown that the furniture market can still come to life – provided it meets three criteria.

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Pleasant Georgian surprises in regional auctions

22 October 2018

Modestly estimated staples of the once-booming Georgian furniture market can still bring pleasant surprises.

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‘Conservatory’ Coalbrookdale table sells at Summers Place

22 October 2018

Coalbrookdale cast-iron furniture, subject to ebbs and flows of fashion, has dipped a little in recent years, but this c.1850 occasional table is a rarity. It was surely made for the conservatory rather than the garden.

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Sales in France: Reims

22 October 2018

A classic Art Nouveau display cabinet by Emile Gallé is part of a collection of furniture by Gallé and Majorelle assembled over half a century ago to be offered for sale by Ivoire Reims on November 18.

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'Armada Table' makes €360,000, nearly twice top estimate, at Adam's in Ireland

16 October 2018

A table created from wood and sculptural elements from a Spanish Armada galleon shipwrecked off Ireland’s west coast 430 years ago, has sold for €360,000 plus 20% + VAT at auction house Adam’s today (Tuesday, October 15).

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Benchmark prices for Horlicks’ ‘prime period’ Mouseman

15 October 2018

The Horlicks collection of Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson furniture was sold at Sworders’ auction for £236,000.

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Mighty mouse: Horlicks’ Mouseman commission stirs up Essex auction room

10 October 2018

The Horlicks collection of Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson furniture was sold at Sworders auction yesterday for £236,000.

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Saleroom selection: Five pieces of furniture on offer at auctions this week (October 8-14)

08 October 2018

With plenty of material now available for a few hundred pounds or even below, here ATG selects six upcoming lots pitched between £200 and £3000.

Auction preview selection

What to buy: Five auctions to watch this week (October 8-14 2018)

08 October 2018

From studio pottery in Macclesfield to jewellery in Birmingham, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Dealers at the Bruton Decorative Antiques Fair offer advice on discovering your top table

08 October 2018

Fairs can be an ideal place to hunt out that perfect piece of furniture thanks to the high volume and wide variety these events provide. At 'The Bruton Decorative Antiques Fair' there is a particularly strong selection of tables (and much else) this year.

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Prime example of East German design emerges at Wendl

08 October 2018

Even when the Cold War was at its height there were, admittedly rare, possibilities for commercial cooperation between West Germany and the German Democratic Republic.

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Four collectables with royal connections up for sale this autumn

04 October 2018

Items with royal connections have extra cache for buyers when it comes to desirability and price. Here are four objects with direct connections to noble owners that are currently for sale across dealerships and auctions.

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Chinese Ningxia rug stolen from Mayfair gallery

02 October 2018

Police are investigating the theft of a Chinese Ningxia rug which was taken from the gallery of C John yesterday.

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