English Furniture Consignment
Sotheby’s offers furniture and objects dating from the 17th to the late 19th centuries, ranging from early oak furniture to the age of walnut and the finest mahogany and satinwood pieces made by England's most prestigious craftsmen. Our sales regularly feature names from the golden years of English cabinetmaking in the mid-18th century, such as Thomas Chippendale, Mayhew and Ince, and William Vile and John Cobb.
Our seasoned team of experts is located in London and New York, the most important buying centres for English furniture. Their passion and expertise have generated high-profile sales including the Harrington commode in London – a world record price for a piece of English furniture – sold for £3.8 million. The timeless elegance of British furniture is coveted by collectors and interior designers because these classic pieces complement virtually any interior space. When you are ready to sell antique furniture, let Sotheby’s help you realise the highest price. To start, simply submit images and information to Sotheby's through our easy-to-use online estimate form. Our specialists will review your submission and issue preliminary estimates for items that can be included in our sales.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- When is the best time to sell my English Furniture?Exceptional furniture made in England is in demand throughout the year. During Sotheby's English Furniture auctions, collectors, academics, museum curators and new buyers purchase fine British antiques. Classic examples of offerings from the English Furniture category include styles such as Georgian, Chippendale, Hepplewhite, Regency, Sheraton and Queen Anne. There is no better time to consign your antique furniture with Sotheby’s. If you are wondering, “How much is my English furniture worth?”, simply send photographs, paperwork and other background information to Sotheby’s for a free auction estimate.
- Why is antique English Furniture highly collectible?Enthusiasts and connoisseurs buy and sell rare and important 18th and 19th Century English furniture because it is exquisitely designed and constructed, and because production of each piece was quite limited. Recent Sotheby’s sales of antique English furniture featured masterpieces such as a pair of early 19th Century Regency giltwood and ebonized armchairs in the manner of Thomas Hope; two George II mahogany side chairs, circa 1735, attributed to William Hallett; and a pair of George III carved mahogany serpentine fold-over tables, circa 1765, in the style of Thomas Chippendale.
- What are the best-selling types of English Furniture?Enthusiasts and connoisseurs buy and sell rare and important 18th and 19th Century English furniture because it is exquisitely designed and constructed, and because production of each piece was quite limited. Recent Sotheby’s sales of antique English furniture featured masterpieces such as a pair of early 19th Century Regency giltwood and ebonized armchairs in the manner of Thomas Hope; two George II mahogany side chairs, circa 1735, attributed to William Hallett; and a pair of George III carved mahogany serpentine fold-over tables, circa 1765, in the style of Thomas Chippendale.
- How often does Sotheby’s present English furniture at auction?Along with single-owner sales and house sales, the English Furniture Department holds a sale twice a year (spring and winter), exploring the concept of style throughout the centuries and appealing to connoisseurs and decorators alike. Such sales are typically called Style: Private Collections in London and Style: Silver, Ceramics, Furniture in New York. With a focus on works sourced throughout Europe, Style: Private Collections will appeal to connoisseurs and decorators alike, each drawn to the eclectic mix of property. The 2019 Private Collections sale offered objects carefully selected from the stores and attics of Ombersley Court in Worcestershire as well as important English furniture from the Trustees of the Second Baron Hesketh’s Will Trust.
Sotheby’s is your best resource to buy, consign and sell fine antique English furniture and collectible styles include Sheraton, Adam, Hepplewhite, Chippendale, George III, George II, George I, Queen Anne, William and Mary, Regency, William IV, George IV and Victorian from highly collectible British furniture makers such as Thomas Chippendale, Mayhew & Ince, Thomas Hope, Robert Adam, William Hallett, John and William Linnell, Pierre Langlois, Wright & Elwick, John Cobb, Marsh & Tatham, Gillows of Lancaster, George Smith, John McLean, James Moore, Matthias Lock, Giles Grendey and William Moore of Dublin.