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Mahogany armchairs inspired by Percier and Fontaine offered in Stuttgart

09 May 2022

The countless designs for furniture and decorative arts created by Charles Percier and Pierre Fontaine, who were known as Napoleon’s architects, not only found favour with the French emperor but also had an enduring influence on cabinetmakers throughout Europe.

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Pair of Windsor Chairs sets a furniture puzzle

02 May 2022

Pair sold at Somerset saleroom spark a debate on where and when they were made

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Pull up a chair or two in Cotswolds

18 April 2022

A pair of George III period carved giltwood salon armchairs in neoclassical taste, c.1775, are among the highlights at The Cotswolds Decorative Antiques & Art Fair.

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The treats of Philadelphia

11 April 2022

Pennsylvania dealership HL Chalfant, a specialist in American decorative arts, offers a turned banister back armchair at this year’s Philadelphia Show. The chair itself was made in Pennsylvania, c.1730- 40, and is available for $35,000.

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The man behind the tribal mask

04 April 2022

Fang secret society relic comes with long provenance to French colonial governor

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Characteristic Rohlfs chair sets record

28 March 2022

A characteristically elaborately pierced and carved oak hall chair by the US furniture maker and designer Charles Rohlfs (1853-1936) proved to be the toast of the most recent Cottone (20% buyer’s premium) auction.

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The web shop window: A set of 1950s Danish chairs

28 February 2022

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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Winning a Race for pair of Kangaroo chairs

21 February 2022

A pair of Kangeroo chairs were discovered in Lincoln.

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Range of furnishings from Dorset manor add buzz to Crewkerne auction

14 February 2022

The furniture and works of art sale at Crewkerne auction house Lawrences (25% buyer’ premium) on January 21 included a set of George II walnut seating furniture with an excellent provenance.

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Buyer shells out for Georgian armchair

14 February 2022

This early Georgian walnut open armchair was one of the highlights of the sale of Old Master paintings, English and Continental furniture, silver and decorative arts held by Doyle (26/21/15% buyer’s premium) in New York on January 26.

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The £5 junk shop find which proved to be a £12,500 Vienna Secession chair

07 February 2022

This fine example of Vienna Secession furniture was bought last year in a junk shop on the south coast for just £5.

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Exotic Christopher Dresser chairs influenced by Egypt motifs

31 January 2022

Although catalogued by Smiths of Newent (20% buyer’s premium) as a chair from the early 19th century Empire period, this ebonised mahogany, gilt and polychrome side chair is more probably from the mid-Victorian period.

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Dec fair left unexpectedly leading the field

10 January 2022

The Decorative Fair becomes first major event to be held in 2022 after others are postponed.

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Take the throne: extraordinary Victorian carved chair in demand at Scottish sale

13 December 2021

The sale at Thomas R Callan in Ayr on December 3-4 included this extraordinary Victorian carved throne chair estimated at £2000-3000.

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Single-owner collection of insurance company badges forms intriguing part of Essex sale

11 October 2021

It was in the wake of the Great Fire of London in 1666 that the first societies were created to protect against the losses caused by fire.

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The web shop window: Mogensen chair

19 July 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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Oak chair designed by Hoffmann for Klimt's studio appears at Vienna sale

28 June 2021

At the beginning of the 20th century, Gustav Klimt was without doubt the most famous Austrian painter, and Josef Hoffmann the most renowned designer and architect.

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Four sales prove better by design at Lyon & Turnbull

31 May 2021

Extensive cross-section of design-themed objects offered in Edinburgh and London by same auction house

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Paulin chairs among furnishings at auction found in Toulouse apartment

24 May 2021

A collection of 20th century designer furniture has been discovered in a local apartment by Jérôme de Colonges, auctioneer for Primardeco/Ivoire Toulouse.

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Shutler discovers Dresser and Godwin rarities

17 May 2021

This prototype side chair by pioneering Victorian designer Christopher Dresser (1834-1904) was discovered during the pandemic.