European furniture at Skinner includes exquisitely-crafted antique and vintage furniture from England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, and the Netherlands from the 16th-20th centuries.
Antique European furniture is arguably the most beautifully detailed and exquisitely made furniture in the world. Constructed from ancient wood grown in old world forests, these pieces are functional works of art that cannot be replicated at any cost because the European mahogany, oak, and walnut trees used in their construction were last seen over 100 years ago.
French, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Russian, and most notably British furniture makers skillfully honed their craft and the techniques used in furniture making until they were able to achieve a near perfect state of grain, color, form, and function. Carving on European furniture is exceptionally beautiful, with pieces from the 18th century and earlier catching the eye of the most discerning collectors. As with any important antique, provenance can drastically affect value – who owned that inlaid desk, and the owner’s relative place in history, can be key to achieving the highest prices at auction.
Skinner has offered fine European furniture at auction for over four decades, achieving maximum value for our consignors. Our highly skilled furniture experts, experienced and knowledgeable about rarity, quality, function, provenance, and condition, can advise both buyers and sellers on the viability of a piece given the ever changing worldwide furniture market.
If you’ve amassed a fine European furniture collection, or you’ve inherited a few good pieces, consult Skinner about the benefits of selling these valuable works at auction.