American Chippendale chair in carved mahogany in an auction selling American furniture

How to Sell American Furniture with Sotheby's

Get Started with an Estimate

Get Started with an Estimate
Register or log in to your Sothebys.com account to request an estimate of your Colonial, Federal, Chippendale, Pilgrim or other antique American furniture. Complimentary estimates are provided for each chair, table, desk or other furniture that meets our minimum consignment value ($5,000 in New York, £3,000 in London and HK$40,000 in Hong Kong).

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Eagle marquetry on a tea table in an auction selling American Federal furniture

American Furniture Consigned with Sotheby's

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is the best time to sell my antique American furniture?
    Throughout the year, our specialists review, appraise, catalogue and sell American furniture in live sales, online auctions, and private sales. Whenever you are ready to sell your furniture, Sotheby's specialists are available to help you through the process. Submitting your furniture online for review is the start of a conversation with your dedicated specialist as to your selling options.
  • Is my American furniture valuable enough for a Sotheby's sale?
    Sotheby's offers many different ways to sell your American furniture. Our marquee Americana sales in January feature some of the rarest and most expensive pieces of American furniture on the market as well as other important and fine pieces of American furniture ranging from the 16th to the 19th century. If your furniture would sell better in a retail setting we can also offer consignment options through Sotheby's Home, our online marketplace.
  • Why is antique furniture from Philadelphia so valuable?
    The most expensive pieces of American antique furniture are often from Philadelphia. A thriving port and the largest colonial city by 1750, Philadelphia was a trading center with easy access to some of the finest imported hardwoods, such as mahogany. The city also had native forests that supplied resources for secondary woods. Craftsmen such as Hercules Courtenay, John Pollard, Thomas Affleck, Nicholas Bernard and Martin Jugiez contributed to Philadelphia furniture's reputation for fine carving, quality woods and expert craftsmanship.
  • What are the best-selling types of American furniture?
    The top-selling pieces in recent years have been Rhode Island mahogany carved furniture, such as the Nicholas Brown tea table from the collection of the Goddard family that sold at Sotheby's for $912,000 in 2017, and the Queen Anne block-and-shell kneehole bureau table that sold for $672,500 in 2017.
  • How do I ship my furniture to Sotheby's?
    Once our specialists have provided you with an auction 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 antiques.

More information on how to sell with Sotheby's

Sotheby’s is your best resource to buy and sell antique American furniture including Federalist, Colonial, Pilgrim, Queen Anne, Chippendale, William & Mary collectibles such as a candlestand, highboy, lowboy, chest-on-chest, side chair, dining chair, bed, Windsor armchair, armchair, drop-leaf table, blanket chest, gate-leg table, clock, grandfather clock, side table, bookcase, cupboard, kneehole dressing table, bgames table, desk and bookcase, pembroke table, sofa, chest of drawers, tilt-top table from Philadelphia, New York, New England and the South, among others. Sotheby's also offers decorative objects such as an American lantern, chandelier, mirror, brass, pewter, candlesticks, needlework picture, schoolgirl sampler, ship model, pricket candlesticks, miniature furniture, fire tools, andirons and other rare objects.

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