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.


img_1-1.jpg

Pick of the Week: Rare 1920s Robert Thompson dining suite with early features shines at Doncaster sale

03 December 2018

Capping a vintage year for prime-period Mouseman furniture, a dining suite attracted huge interest when offered for sale in Yorkshire recently.

img_10-1.jpg

Naval chairs capable of being folded away for battle stations are exceptional survivors

03 December 2018

In a specialist maritime and scientific instruments auction there were only three furniture lots at Charles Miller (24% buyer’s premium), but one of them led the day.

Card tables

Preview: Dreweatts has high hopes for a pair of George III marquetry card tables and a Rodin cast this week

19 November 2018

Revitalised by the arrival in late summer of former Bellmans chief Jonathan Pratt as managing director, Dreweatts is preparing for two key auctions at its Donnington Priory saleroom this week on November 21 and 22.

img_49-2.jpg

Table with Rockingham porcelain plaques rocks into Yorkshire for Galloway fair

19 November 2018

A unique, high-quality specimen table fitted with Rockingham porcelain plaques is on offer at the next Galloway Fair, which runs from November 23-25 at Wentworth Woodhouse in South Yorkshire.

img_50-2.jpg

Mirrors provide reflection at Battersea decorative fair

19 November 2018

Mirrors in a variety of styles and types found new homes at the recent Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair (October 2-7) in Battersea, reinforcing the event as a destination for private buyers and decorators on the hunt for interesting and unusual home furnishings.

img_6-2.jpg

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.

img_14-1.jpg

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.

img_15-4.jpg

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.

img_6-3.jpg

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).

Armada table 2361NE .jpg

'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).

Mouseman dresser Horlicks collection

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.

img_30-2.jpg

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.

img_38-2.jpg

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.

A pearl and diamond pendant

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.

img_11-5.jpg

British grand piano from 1845 sells in Dallas auction

01 October 2018

Heritage Auctions in Texas sold this Broadwood amboyna and giltwood grand piano for $22,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) at a recent auction. Evidently it had been on quite a journey.

Mouseman oak chairs

Furniture from Mouseman’s major commission for the Horlick’s factory in Slough – one to watch next week

28 September 2018

With a loyal UK collecting base – and a growing number of fans overseas – Mouseman furniture of all periods has a strong following on the secondary market.

Armada table at Adams auction

Table made of Spanish Armada ship parts up for auction at Adam's in Ireland

27 September 2018

A table made of wood and sculptural elements from a Spanish Armada galleon that was shipwrecked off Ireland’s west coast 430 years ago, and described as “one of the most important and earliest pieces of Irish furniture”, is to be offered by auction house Adam’s in October.

marquetry table cabinet

Indo-Portuguese furniture exports shine at auction in the UK

24 September 2018

Two early examples of Indo- Portuguese furniture sold for five-figure sums at auction this month.

img_36-1.jpg

God bless American bidders - Lyon & Turnbull hails return of transatlantic interest in furniture at auction

17 September 2018

Auction house Lyon & Turnbull hails the encouraging return of American interest at its September 5 sale.

img_59-1.jpg

ATG letter: Chippendale ivory removal is ‘unforgivable’ – furniture dealer Martin Levy

03 September 2018

MADAM – Your news story (‘Ivory removed from Chippendale before sale’, ATG No 2356) draws attention to the deliberate and unforgivable removal of original ivory elements from an important commode by Thomas Chippendale, England’s most famous cabinet maker.

Categories

News