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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Table by French designer Fred Brouard boosts new saleroom

29 March 2021

The work of French designer Fred Brouard (1944-99) is not uncommon at sales in France and the US but seldom appears at auction in the UK.

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The web shop window: Portland stone chimney piece

29 March 2021

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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Armchairs from Follot offered at Aguttes

22 March 2021

A sale of design and 20th century decorative arts to be staged by Aguttes on March 30 spans items from the Art Nouveau era through to the latter decades of the 20th century.

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Table draws the attention in Atlanta

22 March 2021

This late 19th century English part-ebonised mahogany library table is among the items of antique furniture included in Ahlers & Ogletree’s two-day sale in Atlanta on March 27-28.

The Mouseman of Kilburn carving

Pick of the week: Mouseman figures squeak for themselves

15 March 2021

The highlight of a £75,000, 30-lot private collection of Robert Thompson oak carvings sold by Tennants was an anthropomorphic figure of The Mouseman of Kilburn.

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ATG letter: Where are these Heal chests?

15 March 2021

MADAM – I wonder if any of your readers could help with information about ‘missing’ Ambrose Heal chests.

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Italian tables emerge at LA auction

15 March 2021

A pair of Italian rococo grey painted and parcel silvered console tables, dated to the mid-18th century, will be one of the 300 lots in Andrew Jones’ latest Design for the Home and Garden auction.

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Mirror from French designer Karl Lagerfeld's studio offered at Bonhams

08 March 2021

A mid-20th century mirror by French designer and metalworker Gilbert Poillerat (1902-88) is one of the highlights at Bonhams in Los Angeles on March 25.

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The web shop window: Regency mahogany wine cooler

08 March 2021

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 from across the centuries offers contrasting styles to bidders

08 March 2021

Traditional 18th century styles rub shoulders with stand-out Modern design in regional sales

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Table linked to ‘Diamond King and the King of Siam’

08 March 2021

This eye-catching 19th century Ceylonese ebony and inlaid breakfast table came with intriguing stories about its provenance in an auction catalogue.

Abbey Road doors

Foyer doors from Abbey Road studios star in our pick of five auction highlights

05 March 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes the original foyer doors from the Abbey Road recording studios that tripled their estimate in Surrey.

Irish mid-18th century mahogany side table

Pick of the week: Irish exuberance brings the big bucks in North Carolina

01 March 2021

Bidders were out in force at a recent sale in North Carolina for a collection of 136 lots consigned from the estate of the late Robert K Johnson, a finance and telecommunications executive.

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Commode inspired by Anglo-French influence heads impressive Chichester sale

01 March 2021

In a sale that yielded quality and surprises in most sections, the major talking points at Stride & Son (18% buyer’s premium) were provided by two pieces of furniture. Emerging from the same house and given here-to-sell estimates, both achieved five-figure results.

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Design and quality of Deco armchair stands out

01 March 2021

Despite having no maker’s mark, the design and quality of this c.1930 oak reclining book table armchair, below, proclaimed Ambrose Heal.

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Dunhill lighter makes bright price but Mouseman leads Ilkley sale

01 March 2021

Dunhill Aquarium table lighters painted by Margaret Bennett and husband Alan in the 1950s-60s remain popular among collectors in these non-smoking days.

Porcelain propaganda plate

Five lots to watch at auction this week including a Soviet propaganda plate

22 February 2021

With estimates from £400-2000 here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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Seventy-five mirror bids in the frame

22 February 2021

On a day when furniture and antiques proved to be particularly popular, the surprise star of Fellows’ (23% buyer’s premium) 740-lot online sale was an Italian 19th century pier mirror.

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Gainsborough chair is sitting pretty at Locke & England auction

15 February 2021

Although now known as Gainsborough chairs, generous walnut and upholstered armchairs were often referred to by contemporaries as ‘French’ chairs, as the most elaborate styles were based on French rococo.

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Major Deco names make big prices in Paris

15 February 2021

The Gros & Delettrez (30% buyer’s premium) auction of Art Deco held in Paris on January 22 offered works from the collection of a gallery owner.

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