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How to Sell Your Antique Furniture with Sotheby's

Antique Furniture Consigned with Sotheby's

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Wonder how much your antique furniture might be worth and how to sell it? Simply follow the steps below and Sotheby's will recommend the best approach for selling your item.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is the best time to sell my antique furniture?
    Exceptional British and European furniture is in demand throughout the year. During Sotheby's furniture auctions, collectors, academics, museum curators and new buyers assemble to purchase fine European antiques. Classic examples of offerings from the English and French Furniture category include styles such as Georgian, Chippendale, Hepplewhite, Regency, Sheraton, Queen Anne, Louis XIV, Louis XV, Louis XVI, Neoclassical, Rococo and Empire. There is no better time to consign your antique furniture with Sotheby’s. If you are considering selling your vintage furniture, simply send photographs, paperwork and other background information to Sotheby’s for a free estimate.
  • What is Sotheby's fee to appraise my antique furniture?
    Our sale estimate valuations are complimentary. At no charge, our specialists review submissions and provide auction estimates for any antique furniture we believe we can sell at a live auction or online sale. If your antique is not an appropriate fit for a Sotheby's auction, we will do our best to recommend an alternate resource to sell your furniture or decorative object.
  • How does Sotheby's determine how much my antique furniture is worth?
    Our specialists have decades of experience in appraising and selling antique furniture and decorative arts and are intimately familiar with the global market for antiques. When you submit your furniture for a valuation, our specialists will consider its condition, ownership history, maker, rarity and current market demand.
  • How do I know if my French furniture is signed by its maker?
    French furniture from the 18th century is often stamped with the name of its maker. The stamp typically can be found at the back of an armoire or cabinet, underneath the marble top on a chest of drawers, or on the seat rails of a chair. Sometimes it is difficult to see because it might have worn off over time. Using a flashlight and a magnifying glass can be helpful.
  • How old is my antique furniture?
    It can be difficult to distinguish 18th-century furniture from 19th-century pieces. Often, 19th-century furniture is actually a replica of 18th-century examples, or perhaps designed in a similar style. Sotheby’s specialists are thoughtfully trained to recognize the age of a piece and they will be able to assist when you wish to consign antique furniture.
  • 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 antiques.

More information on how to sell with Sotheby's

Sotheby’s is your best resource to buy and sell fine antique English, French, German, Swiss, Italian, Dutch, Danish, and European Furniture such as an armchair, dining chair, Gainsborough chair, fauteuil, bergere, stool, pliant, tabouret, library chair, Pembroke table, dining table, commode, chest of drawers, bookcase, desk, bureau plat, bureau en pente, library table, partner desk, torchere, side table, table en chiffonnier, table à écrire, sideboard, settee, marquise, tric-trac table, card table, games table, metamorphic chair, breakfast table, supper table, tripod table, mirror, chandelier, lantern, wall light, pier table and secretary. Collectible styles include Sheraton, Adam, Hepplewhite, Chippendale, George III, George II, George I, Queen Anne, William and Mary, Regency, William IV, George IV, Victorian, Louis XIV, Louis XV, Louis XVI, Regence, Empire, Directoire, Restauration, Second Empire, and Napoleon III.