For years, in fact since it dropped so disastrously and disappointingly out of fashion, I have been championing the case for poor old brown furniture.
. During my daily round of valuations I can often
be heard sympathising with owners over the slump in brown furniture values, but can always,
always be heard saying, “give it time and the values will rally”.
Well, it is now official, brown furniture is on its way back into the hearts and minds of the young
and upwardly mobile designers and what is more, the glossy magazines have the story. Last
weekend a national newspaper, whose political persuasions I will not mention, ran an informative
article on the “beauty of buying brown” and it’s reviving popularity.
The quality of workmanship, the beauty of shape and form and the colour of the wonderfully
matured and polished woods of the antique has never been in doubt. It’s just not been in fashion
for the last ten or twenty years.
On a personal level, it could be said that any revival in the fortunes of antique furniture is
irrelevant because, since I was a schoolboy in my father’s saleroom I have loved brown furniture
and whatever it is worth I always will. For investors, salerooms, antique dealers and present
owners however, this can only be excellent news.
I finish on a cautionary note. Because glossy magazines and upwardly mobile designers advocate
the revival, doesn’t mean it will happen overnight. It does mean, though, that it will happen, so
watch this space.