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British Colonial Furniture

BRITISH COLONIAL STYLE

Typically made of mahogany, teak or bamboo and featuring a range of fabrics and prints with botanical patterns, antique British Colonial furniture and decor varies as it involved local materials and techniques and spanned centuries of design styles.

As the British Empire expanded from the 16th to the 20th century, its conquest and control of colonies around the world bolstered its wealth through the extraction of resources. Including colonies in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australasia, this spread of often violent subjugation imposed British culture, language and faith on Indigenous peoples. The design of homes was included in this expression of imperial power, with government officials, merchants and military officers creating homes mimicking the luxuries they were used to in England.

Local artisans were commissioned to replicate British designs, resulting in versions of Regency, Chippendale, Sheraton and other styles of furniture being crafted from mahogany, rosewood, ebony and teakwood as opposed to beech and oak, which were more common in Europe. Whereas the colonial furniture for the Portuguese and Dutch regularly had motifs of indigenous flora and fauna, the British tended to want more exact reproductions of their home country’s designs.

To escape the summer heat in places such as India and the Caribbean, British colonizers relocated to airy houses in the hills or plantations, leading to foldable chairs and collapsible desks in the style of military campaign furniture. Rather than upholstery as they might have in Europe, chairs and sofas in the British Colonial style had rattan and cane seating for these higher temperature climates. The contrast between the light textiles and the dark colors of the sturdy furniture became a defining aesthetic of British Colonial interiors.

Find a collection of antique British Colonial outdoor furniture, seating, bedroom furniture, decorative objects and other items on 1stDibs.

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Style: British Colonial
Large Hand Carved British Royal Coat of Arms Brewers Wall Plaque
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Large hand carved british royal coat of arms brewers wall plaque. This is a very fine piece, it dates from the 1950s and is hand carved...
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Mid-20th Century British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Oak

Late 20th Century Colonial Regency Style Caned Mahogany Armchairs, Set of 4
Located in Morristown, NJ
Late 20th, stylish and handsome mahogany arm chairs with scrolled backrest and arms, caned seat and back, on reeded legs ending in arrow feet, with metallic silver tone removable sea...
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Late 20th Century North American British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Cane, Mahogany

Heavy Bronze Bell, Tower Bell
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Heavy bronze bell, tower bell. This is a very heavy piece it is on an Oak Yoke with iron fixings including a the bracket which holds the rope For the purpose of the pictures and...
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Late 19th Century Antique British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Bronze

HAND-CARVED Wooden 1920's CHANDELIERS [PAIR]
Located in Hawthorne, CA
A pair of wooden hand-carved chandeliers for an eclectic decor. These pieces are perfect for an island or coastal setting. Of the 19th C. wired to modern standards, origin England 19...
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Early 19th Century English Antique British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Rosewood

Tall Antique Indonesian Secretary with Glass Panels
Located in New York, NY
A tall Indonesian antique secretary with twin glass panel doors, mid 19th century. Polychromed wood, three shelves, two drawers. Ornately carved cabriole legs and trim with ball and ...
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Late 19th Century Indonesian Antique British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Glass, Wood

Early 20th Century Burmese Wood Chest of Drawers
Located in New York, NY
A four-drawer chest in teak wood from old Burma, now Myanmar. Early 20th Century, circa 1925. Dark finish. Two small drawers, two large. Original brass handles.
Category

1920s Burmese Vintage British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Teak

19th Century English Colonial Satinwood and Ebony Linen Press
Located in Southampton, NY
Early 19th century English Colonial satinwood and ebony linen press. Cabinet is composed of solid Satinwood with solid ebony trim and inlay. Handmade in Sri Lanka, where both satinw...
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19th Century Sri Lankan Antique British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Ebony, Satinwood

Pair of British Colonial Style Carved Caned Plantation Chairs
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Amazing pair of hand-carved plantation chairs crafted in the British colonial taste. The chairs feature large frames decorated with reeded, scrolled seats having delicate acanthus de...
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20th Century British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Cane, Rattan, Wood

Ralph Lauren Faux Bamboo and Grasscloth Chest of Drawers
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Handsome vintage British colonial style chest crafted with mahogany faux bamboo as a frame and around the drawers and having herringbone grasscloth panels all around with campaign br...
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Mid-20th Century Philippine British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Grasscloth, Faux Bamboo

Baker Furniture Split Reed Bamboo 7 Drawer Chest
Located in Charleston, SC
A fantastic British colonial style with some Asian flair by the one and only Baker Furniture. Pencil bamboo chest with seven drawers by Baker Furniture Milling Road.
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1980s American Vintage British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Bamboo, Wood

Maitland Smith Mahogany Octagonal Inlaid Fruitwood Parquetry Trinket Box Casket
Located in Dayton, OH
Vintage trinket / keepsake / jewelry / cigar box / casket / chest by Maitland Smith. Octagonal form made from mahogany featuring a parquetry design of...
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Late 20th Century British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Brass

Finely Carved British Colonial 19th Century Round Coffee Table
Located in Miami, FL
A beautiful finely carved British Colonial wooden circular side table with a pedestal leg.
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1890s English Antique British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Fruitwood

Pair Of Early British Roorkhee Safari Campaign Chairs In Leather, Circa 1920
Located in Shepperton, Surrey
Two early 20th century "Roorkhee" campaign chairs in dark hardwood and tobacco-coloured leather. They are offered as a pair. Named after the headquarters of the Indian Army Corps at...
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Early 20th Century British British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Leather

Campaign Style Vintage Leather Luggage Table on Hand Forged Stand
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Unique likely British Colonial Leather luggage table on a hand forged antiique metal finish stand with intentionalle sligtly worn gold finish accents. The table consists of a used ol...
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Mid-20th Century English British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Metal, Brass

Luxurious 2.5-seater sheep leather sofa with fabric cushions in English style
Located in Harderwijk, NL
This fantastic sheep leather 2.5-seater sofa exudes luxury and offers amazing seating comfort. The sofa comes with original loose seat and decorative cushions. The detachable armrest...
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20th Century British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Leather, Textile

Bronze Safari-Themed End Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This side table features a heavy rounded glass top that sits upon an elaborately sculpted base. The base uses a palm tree to hold up the table's top, and two small elephant figures a...
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Mid-20th Century British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Glass

Vintage Thomasville Ernest Hemingway Carved African Antelope Horn Armchair
Located in Dayton, OH
Vintage Thomasville Ernest Hemingway African Collection arm chair featuring dark wood frame with antelope horn style arms and zebra fabric. Dimensions: 33" x 27" d x 36" h; seat 18.5"
Category

Late 20th Century British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Hardwood

Early 20thC Indian Brass Planter
Located in Altrincham, GB
Early 20thC Indian Brass Planter on Solid Brass Scrolled Stand originally purchased on a Grand Tour - 19"w x 18"d x 32"h
Category

Early 1900s Indian Antique British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Brass

19th Century Dolphin Form Carved Pine Console Table
Located in Bradenton, FL
Wonderful classic Dolphin Form Carved Pine Console Table. The molded edge single board demi-lune top, with triple carved dolphin supports, on an integrated molded canted base. Extrem...
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20th Century British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Wood, Pine

artist signed jasperware tile mural blue and white equestrian hunting scene
Located in Farmingdale, NJ
Exceptionally fine relief rendering in classic blue and white matte ‘jasperware’ signed by the artist lower right. On professionally mountable tile, ready for application in any perm...
Category

Late 20th Century American British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Ceramic

19th Century Campaign Chest
Located in Bradenton, FL
19th century mahogany campaign chest. Features simple rectangular lines, brass corners, and brass inset handles. These chests were made for travel, historically for military campaign...
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19th Century English Antique British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Wood

Organic Modern Restored Cane and Bamboo Rising Sun Commodes-Pair
Located in North Fort Myers, US
These chests were handled by a caring individual who knows how or had someone to take care of their bamboo furniture. Very light wear for the age of these Commodes. Light refinishin...
Category

1970s Philippine Vintage British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Bamboo, Rattan, Wood, Bentwood

Maitland Smith Bronze Marble Tooled Leather Equestrian Horse Table Lamp 24"
Located in Dayton, OH
Vintage figural horse bronze table lamp by Maitland Smith featuring a mare and foal in tableau on a charcoal black marble clad base. Includes hard and rectangular tooled / gilded lea...
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Late 20th Century British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Marble, Bronze

19th Century English Cupboard
Located in Dallas, TX
19th Century English Cupboard boasts a stately yet rustic presence, ideal for the casual decor. The shallow design coupled with the mitered front corners makes it exceptionally traffic-friendly for efficient floor plans. Designed to hold just-washed pots...
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1880s English Antique British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Brass

Chateau Edgewater Inc Faux Bamboo & Alligator Domed Keepsake Trinket Vanity Box
Located in Dayton, OH
Chateau Edgewater Inc keepsake box. Features a domed exterior with faux alligator / bamboo form. Includes brass hardware with a silk line interior. DIMENSIONS 19" x 11" x 11.25"h
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Late 20th Century British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Faux Bamboo, Alligator

19th Century English Campaign Marine Chest of Drawers in Mahogany
Located in NICE, FR
This stunning mahogany chest of drawers model was originally used by the British navy. It features charming typical campaign handles as well two carrying handles on both its sides. ...
Category

19th Century British Antique British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Metal

English Tortoise Burnt Bamboo Stool or Low Side Table, circa 1960’s
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
1960’s Tortoise Burnt Bamboo Stool Side Table, England. Elegant and sturdy stool with both form and function. Versatile piece that looks wonderful ...
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Mid-20th Century English British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Bamboo

Scandinavian Antique Leather-Bound Books, 2000 Books in Brown And Red Available
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
A large collection of Scandinavian decorative antique library leather-bound books Please note that the pictures listed are a sample of the books available and not the exact 50 books available. We will send pictures of the actual books before shipping them out. An attractive collection of 2000 mid-size antique leather-bound books. This lot of books on literature from Sweden are wrapped in leather-bound covers, comprised of varying rich, warm tones and gold leaf print embossing. The books seated side-by-side measures 2,5 meters, approximate 8´2 foot run. This collection of antique Swedish books are ready to ship and take their place, handsomely adorning your bookcase or library shelves...
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Early 20th Century Swedish British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Leather, Paper

Robert Lighton British Khaki Teak Armoire Wardrobe Cabinet Silk Curtains 92"
Located in Dayton, OH
Vintage Robert Lighton British Khaki X armoire / wardrobe / TV console / cabinet. Made of teak featuring dark ebonized finish with double jointed doors ...
Category

Late 20th Century British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Brass

Pair, Vintage Faux Bamboo 5-Arm Candle Sconces - Available French Wiring
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair, Vintage Faux Bamboo 5-Arm Candle Sconces Available French Wiring for $200 - Please inquire before purchasing. (NOTE - Current listing is for candle sconces) These vintage faux bamboo sconces have a Serge Roche feel with their traditional yet sophisticated modern appeal. The body is constructed from plaster, iron and tole with 5 arm candle holders...
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Mid-20th Century Italian British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Iron

Vintage English Brass, Copper, and Pewter Chess Set
Located in Skokie, IL
Vintage English Brass, Copper, and Pewter Chess Set This is a very fine English brass, copper, and pewter gaming set, dating to the late 20th century, circa 1980. The chess board is...
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1980s English Vintage British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Brass, Copper, Pewter

3 framed & signed pencil drawings of Indian gentlemen in regional dress, 19th C
Located in London, GB
Three highly charismatic and personal portrait drawings if Indian gentlemen. Dating from the late 19th century and in original glass and oak frames they portray a Pathan hillman and ...
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Late 19th Century Indian Antique British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Glass, Oak, Paper

Ebonized Console Sofa Table with Drawers and Brass Hardware, Turned Legs
Located in Miami, FL
Ebonized console sofa table with drawers and brass hardware. Offered for sale is an ebonized wood console or sofa table that would make a wonderful server. This heavy substantia...
Category

Late 20th Century British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Brass

Mid-century solid brass obelisk lamp after Chapman
Located in Allentown, PA
This is a handsome mid-century vintage library style solid brass obelisk lamp. This obelisk lamp has a pedestal with four ball feet, holding up the obelisk with a metal black lacquer...
Category

1970s American Vintage British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Brass

Antique Colonial Plantation Woven Lounge Chair Curved Paddle Armrest
Located in Rümmingen, BW
"shipping note: If your region or country is not listed under the shipping options please contact us directly" Introducing a British Colonial long paddle arm plantation lounge chair...
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Early 20th Century Unknown British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Brass

Campaign Chest of Drawers
Located in Culver City, CA
Campaign Chest of Drawers England circa 1920 Navy chest of drawers with hidden compartments. 38”w x 18.5”d x 35.25”h
Category

1920s English Vintage British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Metal

Antique 1808 Thomas Rowlandson Pugin Doctors Commons Aquatint Engraving
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique 1808 aquatint engraving titled "Doctor's Commons" drawn by Thomas Rowlandson, engraved by Auguste Charles Pugin, aquatint by Joseph Constantine Stadler. Published in London, ...
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Early 1800s Antique British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Paper

Nice antique English tilt-top table/side table with a square top
Located in Harderwijk, NL
Offered is this nice antique English tilt-top table/side table with a square top. This charming table is in a good condition and the original tilting mechanism still works well. It's...
Category

Late 19th Century Antique British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Wood

Large 19th century Burmese colonial haberdashery cabinet
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Large 19th century Burmese colonial haberdashery cabinet circa 1880. Here we offer a fine example of where english regency style furniture meets orie...
Category

Late 19th Century Burmese Antique British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Glass, Teak

Palacek floor lamps a pair
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of woven reed Palacek floor lamps .60 inches tall on a 12 x 12 wooden base.. on the back of each lamp, there are doors that give access to the lightbulbs and the shades… Very...
Category

Late 20th Century Philippine British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Reed

British Colonial Mahogany & Caned Armchair
Located in Southampton, NY
British Colonial Mahogany & Caned Armchair A low comfortable reading chair made out of Mahogany and cane. Lovely carved details on arms, ba...
Category

20th Century Unknown British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Cane, Mahogany

British Colonial Ceylonese Solid Satinwood & Hand Cane Armchair
Located in Southampton, NY
British Colonial Ceylonese Solid Satinwood & Hand Caned Armchair Made entirely out of satinwood. Gentle curved back. Hand caning seat - still in good condition. Spiral arms are a un...
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Early 20th Century Sri Lankan British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Satinwood

Beautiful English Center Table 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Beautiful English Center Table 19th Century Facaded in mahogany wood and mahogany root with inlays. Top decorated with marquetry, with plant motifs, resting on four turned columns w...
Category

19th Century English Antique British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Wood

Maitland Smith Carved Mahogany & Rattan Queen Anne Plant Stand Beverage Chiller
Located in Dayton, OH
A beautiful late 20th Century plant stand / planter by Maitland Smith. Made from mahogany with a rectangular form over swooping cabriole legs and scrolled feet. Features scallop carv...
Category

Late 20th Century British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Brass

Pair of British Colonial Style Etched Mercury Glass Lanterns or Light Fixtures
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Standout pair of exotic lanterns hand blown in classic form, hanging from hammered metal hardware featuring etched floral designs on a translucent mercury background.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Indonesian British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Mercury Glass

Century Furniture Wedge Side Table
Located in Toronto, ON
Uniquely shaped and in almost showroom condition, this fantastic piece of solid wood furniture oozes with craftsmanship. Fabricated with a mix of woodworking techniques including a d...
Category

Late 20th Century American British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Wood

Vintage Burberry Leather Plaid Case or Wallet
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Burberry cigarette case or wallet with flap closure. Good condition vintage cigarette pack holder, great to use as a wallet or to store...
Category

Late 20th Century English British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Leather

British Colonial Style Faux Bamboo Leather Clad Desk by Maitland-Smith
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Impressive Mid Century desk crafted with a faux bamboo frame having a faux tortoise finish featuring tooled leather panels on the top, front, side and back, lower tier storage and be...
Category

Mid-20th Century Philippine British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Leather, Faux Bamboo

Vintage Tooled Leather Traditional Carved Campaign Style Office Writing Desk 62"
Located in Dayton, OH
Late 20th Century campaign style desk. Features a rectangular form with brown tooled leather top and two drawers in the frieze. Each drawer has brass lion knocker pulls. The desk is ...
Category

Late 20th Century British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Leather, Hardwood

Vintage British Colonial Plantation Ladder Back Rush Armchairs Pair
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Beautiful pair of British Colonial plantation armchairs with tall ladder back and natural woven Rush seating, Circa 1960's. Oak or Mohogany. Except...
Category

1960s British Vintage British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Rush, Oak

Baker Pair of Vintage British Colonial Caned Stands
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Large scale pair of mid century British colonial style stands with two caned tiers having turned supports with finials at the tops, classic legs and brass casters. Signed Baker on th...
Category

Mid-20th Century American British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Hardwood

Pair of British Colonial Style Bamboo & Cane Side Tables
Located in Bellport, NY
Pair of British Colonial style faux tortoise shell bamboo and cane side tables. Two levels, great for a lamp, books on second level. A style that is transitional, which blends in w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Bamboo

Vintage Maitland Smith Harlequin Penshell Brass Footed Decorative Modern Box Urn
Located in Dayton, OH
Late 20th Century Maitland Smith Lidded Box / Urn. Features a beautiful Harlequin pattern Penshell exterior resting on a footed brass neoclassical style tasseled base. The lid opens ...
Category

Late 20th Century British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Brass

Vintage Maitland Smith Bronze Monkey Riding Ostrich Table Lamp Leather Shade 39"
Located in Dayton, OH
A charming late 20th century table lamp by Maitland Smith. Features a bronze Ostrich carrying a Monkey. The bronze is over a round tessellated marble base and includes a embossed ost...
Category

Late 20th Century British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Vintage Welsh Cupboard ~ Sideboard
Located in Dallas, TX
Vintage Welsh Cupboard ~ Sideboard is a clever design originating in what is now called the UK, providing means to store cups, saucers and linens, while displaying some of the family...
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Mid-20th Century English British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Steel

Albert Engstrom Leather & Gilt Swedish Book Set, C. 1945
Located in Ross, CA
Set of 6, leather bound book set written by Albert Engstrom (1869-1940), published by Bonnier's in Stockholm in 1945. The Swedish language boo...
Category

1940s Swedish Vintage British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Leather

Early 20th-C. British Colonial Style Carved Oak Pineapple Form Pedestals -Pair
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is an early 20th century British colonial style carved oak pineapple form pedestals. They are in very good condition and are a great size to support your statuary or plants!
Category

Early 20th Century American British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Oak

Anglo Indian British Colonial Style Sheesham Blanket Trunk Chest Coffee Table
Located in Dayton, OH
Late 20th century British Colonial style Sheesham wood blanket storage chest or coffee table. Features a beautiful two tone finish with iron hardware. Dimensions: 16" x 24" x 16"h
Category

Late 20th Century British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Hardwood

British Colonial furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique British Colonial furniture for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage furniture created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include tables, case pieces and storage cabinets, seating and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with wood, metal and other materials. If you’re shopping for used British Colonial furniture made in a specific country, there are Europe, Asia, and United Kingdom pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original furniture, popular names associated with this style include Maitland Smith, Baker Furniture Company, Bloomingdale's, and Ralph Lauren. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for furniture differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $80 and tops out at $88,000 while the average work can sell for $3,161.

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