We love it when beautiful things come in for auction, and furniture especially, as it can be such a fickle market. Although age tends to not have significant bearing on saleability (Modern Scandinavian sells really well, much to our antique loving auctioneer’s distaste), some of the older furniture struggles to find its niche market these days. A lot of that is down to changes in taste, some down to the size of modern houses and flats, with the furniture just not fitting.

But, in our Fine Art sales we often get beautiful furniture which we know almost instantly is going to be “That special lot” in the furniture section of the sale. On this occasion we have a few lots which seem to be garnering a lot of attention from prospective buyers, which is really exciting, especially as they’re all “brown” which The Times, and others recently declared was “sitting pretty again” as young people move away from the flat packs which had previously dominated the market with that demographic. Have a look at the top watched furniture lots, and my personal favourite in that section.

Lot 549 – A French kingwood and ormolu mounted vitrine, with a serpentine top above a pair of glazed doors and sides on shaped legs and sabot feet, 131cm wide x 168cm high – Estimate £2,000 – 3,000
Lot 575 – An Art Nouveau mahogany bedroom suite, possibly Liberty, comprising a triple wardrobe the moulded with enamel roundels above a pair of panelled doors inlaid with flowers and leaves with sinuous lines in pinks and greens and a central mirrored door, the base with two drawers, the matching dressing table and washstand similarly decorated, the handles marked LC – Estimate: £400 – 600
Lot 546 – A 19th century pine cricket table, with a circular planked top on three triangular tapering legs united by an undertier, 71.5cm diameter – Estimate: £100 – 150

And my favourite:

Lot 552 – A 20th century oak settle, with a carved scrolling cresting rail above a three panel back, the central panel carved with a winged dragon, the other panels carved with Prince of Wales feathers on square legs, 187cm wide x 52cm deep x 112.5cm high – Estimate: £200 – 300