When a piece of furniture becomes more than just a seat or a table, it becomes a piece of art or history. From 16th and 17th century oak, right through to modern classics from Eames and Finn Juhl – via Regency splendour and the bombast of Louis XVI, furniture tells a tale, and one that can speak volumes to generations.

Certainly, the designer, maker, provenance, condition but also the form can be relevant, the latter more so with furniture than most other antiques.

People can collect paintings or silver or ceramics to a certain extent without having to worry what to do with their purchases, but few homes have room for limitless amounts of furniture. Its function and size almost always plays a part in its value. For instance, someone may buy a set of dining chairs, but this is likely to entail selling their existing set. The way people live has had a significant effect on demand for, and therefore values of, antique furniture – the dining room being a particular victim of increasingly informal lifestyles.

Whatever the period, furniture can be a product of artistic design and is considered a form of decorative art. In addition to furniture’s functional role, it can serve a symbolic or religious purpose. Domestic furniture works to create, in conjunction with furnishings such as clocks and lighting, comfortable and convenient interior spaces.

Our team of industry-recognised specialists at Doerr Dallas works together to offer you an independent service to provide valuations of furniture, fine art, antiques, jewellery, watches and classic cars, we also offer a full range of other art-related advisory services.

We offer our clients a personal, professional, friendly, discreet and completely confidential service.

We work closely with leading firms of insurance brokers, insurers, solicitors, wealth managers, private banks and professional advisers to provide an efficient and timely service.

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