Here at the furniture department we are busy researching and cataloguing for our upcoming auctions. We provide insurance, probate or inheritance tax and other types of valuations of furniture in homes and in collections throughout Scotland and the north of England.
If you have an item or group of pieces that you wish to learn more about, to have identified and valued, or expertly catalogued and presented for auction, then contact our specialist to receive free, no-obligation, professional advice.
The antique furniture auctions are held fifteen times a year at our Edinburgh, Dumfries, Ayr and Carlisle auction rooms and broadcast worldwide online to an international market. The department record for a single lot is the £28,000 hammer price achieved for a large breakfront bookcase by William Trotter of Edinburgh in December 2009. Other notable results in recent years include:
£22,000 for a Thomas Chippendale breakfast table in January 2019;
£14,400 for a fine example of an Irish wake table in March 2016;
£12,000 for a Jupe patent extending dining table from Cromlix House in March 2013;
£9,000 for a pair of George III mahogany wine cisterns in January 2019;
£8,400 for an Italian chest on stand in March 2013;
£6,800 for an Italian marble inset collectors' chest in May 2013;
£5,400 for a Robert "Mouseman" Thompson of Kilburn adze top table in September 2009;
£4,600 for an Owen Scrumby dining room suite in March 2013;
£4,200 for a William and Mary oysterwood veneered chest of drawers in December 2009;
£4,000 for a pietra dura inlaid lacquered cabinet in December 2009;
£3,700 for an amboyna davenport desk in May 2011;
£3,600 for an Art Nouveau fire surround in August 2018;
£3,300 for a burr walnut credenza in March 2013.
You may have heard of Thomson Roddick from advertisements in publications including the Antiques Trade Gazette, The Scotsman or Scottish Field. If you are social media inclined, and don’t follow us yet, then we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook: you can find our social media icons in the footer of the website to start following us. Perhaps you have seen a member of our team on tv recently? We feature regularly on Bargain Hunt, Antiques Road Trip, Dickinson’s Real Deal, Cash in the Attic and the much missed Flog It, or you may have met one of our valuers presenting a talk on antiques to your local group. Tune in to our new television series, The Edinburgh Auction House, following the Scottish team as they travel around the country searching for exciting lots to sell. Starting at 9pm on 10th January 2023 on the Really channel, it's sure to be a great watch!
We like jargon, and if you do too, here are some examples that you may find in one of our furniture auction catalogues:
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Sybelle Thomson is the Head of Department and is always happy to conduct free no-obligation valuations, whether in person at the auction room, over email, or in the comfort of your own home. Sybelle can be contacted by telephone on 0131 440 2448 (Edinburgh), 01387 721 635 (Dumfries), 01228 535 288 (Carlisle) or 01292 267681 (Ayr) or by email email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.