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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Striking Russian Empire chairs offered at Petersfield Antiques Fair

20 January 2020

A pair of Russian Empire chairs, 1810-15, featuring striking decorative brass inlay is offered for £25,000 by Ellis Fine Art at the Petersfield Antiques Fair.

French boulle cabinets

19th century portrait miniature, French boulle marquetry cabinets and artwork featuring Marlon Brando – six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

17 January 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a pair of Napoleon III boulle marquetry cabinets that sold for five-times over estimate and a 19th century portrait miniature that made 13-times estimate.

Extending Jupe dining table

Pick of the week: Ingenious Jupe’s expanding dining table takes £80,000 in New Year opener

13 January 2020

The New Year sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury included one of the most desirable and celebrated of all Victorian furniture types: a mahogany ‘Jupe’s patent’ radially expanding dining table.

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Furniture: Period piece detected in Winchester

06 January 2020

Putting classic English furniture firmly back in the forefront of provincial sales in the first part of December was this Chippendale-design Gainsborough library armchair offered in Winchester by Andrew Smith (21% buyer’s premium).

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Chair’s Elisabeth Frink link

23 December 2019

Items from the estate of the Dame Elisabeth Frink (1930-93) were included in the Charterhouse (25% buyer’s premium) sale in Sherborne, Dorset, on November 14-15.

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Seasonal good cheer for BADA specialists after strong sales

16 December 2019

Two leading BADA members have reported strong sales to close out the year.

Jeremy Lamond

Jeremy Lamond conducts last sale at Halls

12 December 2019

Jeremy Lamond’s final auction as Halls’ fine art director took place this week with the annual Christmas sale in Shrewsbury.

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Japanese Meiji period cabinet offered in Maryland sale

09 December 2019

A Japanese Meiji period shibayama inlaid lacquer shodana will feature in the Asian works of art section of Weschler’s Capital Collections auction on December 13 in Rockville, Maryland.

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A second chance to travel with a rare Louis Vuitton trunk

02 December 2019

Collectors who missed out on a rare late 19th century cabin trunk at auction last week have the chance to buy another in West Sussex this coming Friday.

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The web shop window: Gilded 18th century settee

02 December 2019

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 for Christmas – dealer launches festive shopping event in Battersea

25 November 2019

Furniture dealer Christopher Howe is hosting a Christmas shopping event at his new Battersea warehouse on December 6-7.

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From a San Fran apartment

11 November 2019

This small-scale wall mirror by Line Vautrin from c.1950 measures approximately 15in (38cm) in diameter.

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Take the chair in Harrogate

28 October 2019

The final instalment of the three annual Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative Antiques & Fine Art Fair includes this small naive hedge or country chair, c.1820, from Ireland’s County Antrim.

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Conan Doyle’s desk solution

21 October 2019

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859- 1930), author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, was so keen to work during his extensive travels that in 1925 he commissioned a case-maker to create a trunk that transformed into a writing desk.

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Dorset country house auction takes over £1m

14 October 2019

Last week’s on-the-premises sale at Athelhampton House in Dorset was a near sell-out with a hammer price of close to £1.2m.

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'Witch' mirrors enchant buyers at Duke's auction

14 October 2019

Catalogued as ‘witch’ mirrors, this c.1970 pair certainly charmed bidders at Dorchester auction house Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium). The key was the signature Line Vautrin, ROI for the Parisienne designer and decorative artist Line Vautrin (1913-97).

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Alan Peters record set in saleroom

07 October 2019

Underlining the market move from antique furniture to 20th century craftsman design, a 1982-83 chest of drawers set a record for a work by Alan Peters at the Modern British Living sale at Mallams (22.5% buyer’s premium) in Cheltenham.

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Conan Doyle-designed portable desk for sale from furniture maker Timothy Oulton

30 September 2019

Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was so keen to be able to work while he travelled that in 1925 he commissioned a case maker to create the bespoke trunk that could turn into a writing desk.

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Régence table brings £52,000 bid at Lots Road Auctions

30 September 2019

A Régence period giltwood table attracted interest from across the trade, taking £52,000 (estimate £5000- 8000) at Lots Road Auctions (22% buyer’s premium).

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Previews: £15,000 plus

30 September 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms.

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