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PAD London welcomes 13 first-time exhibitors

02 October 2023

Among the London events coinciding with Frieze Masters is PAD London, the annual design fair that takes place in Berkeley Square.

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The web shop window: Regency writing table

18 September 2023

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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Buyer takes slice of the pie crust table top

21 August 2023

An 18th century acanthus carved mahogany tripod table with pie-crust tilt top was one of the sought-after pieces of furniture at Tennants (24/20% buyer’s premium).

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Six pieces of furniture offered by dealers including a George II partners’ desk

21 August 2023

Dealers across the country offer an array of British antique furniture. From vernacular to formal pieces, here is a selection of what can be found.

George I architect’s desk

A grand design: George I architect’s desk in demand

20 March 2023

This exceptional George I walnut and feather-banded architect’s desk was hammered down at seven times its low estimate.

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Furniture combination becomes centre of attention

09 January 2023

The chest of drawers and the kneehole desk are both classic forms of early Georgian walnut furniture. However, rarely are they seen on the same piece.

George I walnut desk

George I walnut ‘combination’ furniture stars in our pick of five auction highlights

23 December 2022

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare piece of furniture combining a desk and chest of drawers that made over six times estimate in Dublin.

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‘The King of Desks’ comes to the UK

12 September 2022

A recent sale at Mander Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Sudbury was topped by this textbook example of late 19th century American furniture: the Wooton secretaire desk.

Wooton secretaire desk

Early example of ‘The King of Desks’ stars in our pick of five auction highlights

26 August 2022

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a prime example of American office furniture from 1874 that doubled estimate in Suffolk.

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Delft and metal stand out in antiques dealer duo's collection

08 August 2022

Both categories are particularly notable as Mark and Marjorie Allen lots sell in Pennsylvania

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Personal desk of designer Lafon offered at Tajan

08 November 2021

The personal desk set of the artist/decorator Paul Dupré Lafon (1900-71) will feature in the sale of Decorative Arts to be held by Tajan on November 23.

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Writing desk demand is a sign of revival

20 September 2021

Prices for good-quality writing desks continue to recover – as was evident when a George II example more than tripled top hopes.

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The web shop window: Chippendale period satinwood and marquetry desk

17 May 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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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.

Victorian walnut desk

Victorian kidney-shaped desk and a Cromwellian gold medal are among five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

29 January 2021

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a Victorian walnut and tulipwood kidney-form desk that made over five-times estimate.

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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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The web shop window: Chippendale-period partner’s desk

05 August 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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Cohray’s handmade modernism

24 June 2019

In the 1950s French designer Raymond Cohen and his firm Cohray were producing a range of ultra-modern furniture that – although made for the machine age – were all put together by hand.

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Huanghali heads to high popularity

13 August 2018

Just as fine English mahogany is selling below par, Chinese furniture, particularly in the desirable huanghuali hardwood, is booming.

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Mayfair gallery keeps it simple with Deco desks

13 August 2018

Simplicity and geometry are key to the works of Eugène Printz, one of the Parisian practitioners of Art Deco design.