How Our Experts Value Your Antique Furniture. When valuing a piece of furniture, our experts consider the item's age, style, size and origin. The condition matters too: an item in exceptional condition is typically worth more than an item that has become a bit wobbly or has some conservation issues. No matter the condition, age or type of your piece, our antique furniture experts will be able to give you a valuation. If you'd like to get an antique furniture valuation from our online specialist, simply upload a photograph and tell us any other details you know about the item. Do you need an antique furniture valuation? Do you need a valuation on a piece of furniture? Perhaps it's a cabinet or a mahogany dining table that you found at a car boot sale, picked up at auction, or inherited from your great-grandfather? Or maybe it's a chest of drawers or dining chair that you found in a dusty antique shop? Read more about our antique furniture valuations below!
After studies in architecture, our English and Continental furniture expert embarked on a career in fine art auctioneering. He became a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Until February, 2012, he was for the past thirty-two years the senior English and Continental furniture valuer at Sotheby’s in Bond Street. This entailed valuations of many of the great collections in palaces, castles and country houses throughout the U.K. and overseas, as well as involvement with some of the great dispersals such as Thurn und Taxis, Baden and Chatsworth House.
Our continental furniture specialist joined Sothebys as a porter after university in 1994 and spent the whole of 1995 working on the Baden-Baden house sale. He then became a furniture specialist and in 2000 worked in Germany to help put together a major house sale at Schloss Mon Repos. He is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) and has been evaluating and cataloguing antique furniture for 20 years.
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As something in common to both the ultra-wealthy and the modest, furniture ranges in value as much as any antique. It is no secret that the current antique furniture market is not strong, but many observe that the best pieces continue to sell well.
Almost everyone in Western society uses many different pieces of furniture in their lives and as antiques that are both ubiquitous and valuable, the market for antique furniture is very large. Many might assume that antique furniture has a primarily aesthetic appeal but the variety of pieces, their utility and their history make furniture more than decorative. Click here to see the full article!