Vintage Furniture Consignment
Sotheby's is the unequivocal market leader for 20th Century Design, achieving the highest sale totals of any auction house every year for the past five years. We have generated sales of $32 million in December 2019 and $25 million in May 2018 alone, the highest results of any auction house in the industry. We sell vintage furniture from the 20th and 21st centuries in live auctions held in New York, Paris, and London, and in online-only auctions throughout the year.
When you are ready to sell your vintage Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, Mid-Century, or contemporary furniture, decorative objects, or sculpture, Sotheby’s can help you realise the highest price. In fact, design sales at Sotheby’s have surpassed their high estimates by an average of 10% over the past five years, delivering the highest returns for our consignors. Simply submit photographs and information about your item through our easy-to-use online form to receive your free estimate, or contact our specialists to discover the value of your vintage furniture. In addition to auctions, we conduct private sales in a range of categories, including 20th Century Design. To learn more, click here.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- When is the best time to sell my vintage design furniture?With sales throughout the year online and in New York, London and Paris, there has never been a better time to sell your Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, or contemporary design furniture with Sotheby's. Once you request an estimate, a Sotheby’s specialist will review the information and images of your 20th century design furniture or object. Our specialists can advise you on the best time and location for the sale of your design piece.
- What types of Art Deco or Art Nouveau furniture does Sotheby's sell?French Art Deco designers such as Jean-Michel Frank, Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, and Pierre Chareau feature frequently in Sotheby's auctions. Collectors seek out the best examples of Art Deco furniture and design, as seen in the sale of a Jean Dunand four panel screen that sold at Sotheby's in May 2018 for 261,000 EUR. Furniture and objects by European Art Nouveau designers such as Henry Van de Velde, Louis Majorelle, and Emile Gallé also realise high prices at live and online auctions. In fact, since 2015, our team has achieved $218 million in our New York sales alone, commanding 65% of the New York Design market. Consign with us today.
- What types of contemporary furniture can I sell at auction with Sotheby's?Sotheby's offers select contemporary furniture designers in our Important Design sales in New York and Paris. In 2019, Paris sales totaled over $136 million and New York sales close to $56 million. Contemporary designers who feature frequently in our auctions include Claude Lalanne, Niki de Saint Phalle, François-Xavier Lalanne, Fernando and Humberto Campana, and Studio Job. If you have contemporary furniture by designers such as Niermann Weeks, Baker or Holly Hunt, we offer online sale options through Sotheby's Home as well. Simply submit your contemporary furniture photographs and information and the team will be able to assist you.
- How do I ship my furniture to Sotheby's?Once our specialists have provided you with an estimate and a sale recommendation, they will be able to provide shipping quotes and logistical support. Sotheby’s works with the top white-glove shipping companies across the globe who will be able to safely package and transport even the most fragile furniture.