The UK antiques market is worth billions of pounds, and is a valuable segment of the UK economy. However, this post is not about how much money you could earn by bidding in antique auctions – as today, we’re focusing on what a vintage overhaul could do to your home’s interior. You’ll be surprised as to how good your home could look when some antiques are incorporated into the design, so read through today’s blog for vintage interior inspiration to help you transform your living spaces.
Vintage and antique pieces are very highly regarded at our furniture auctions. Some of the most impactful vintage furniture choices include the delicate Danish designs of Hans Wegner, who pioneered the style of furniture later adopted by his fellow Scandinavians at IKEA, and the French designer Jean Prouve, whose pieces are incredibly valuable. Your house will look fantastic with the addition of a bona fide design classic or two, so get bidding when you see them crop up at auction.
As it’s sometimes hard to get a feel for the furniture you’re buying in online antique auctions, we always recommend seeing the pieces in the auction house itself before buying. At Featonby’s, we operate viewings every Wednesday ahead of our weekly auctions and for a day or two before our special antiques and collectibles auctions – so you can get a real feel for the pieces before you place a bid.
Having some bespoke, hand-crafted glassware on your mantlepiece or windowsill is such a fantastic way to make a space burst with creativity and artistic beauty. One of the most sought after brands of vintage glassware is Murano, hand-crafted on a small Italian island neighbouring Venice. Murano Glass exploded into popularity in the 1950s and 60s, and if you can get your hands on a vintage piece from this era for any room in your house, we guarantee it will look fantastic.
Another type of glassware that’ll turn the heads of people walking past your windowsill is Strathearn Glass, previously known as Vasart. This company specialised in hand-crafted, richly coloured bowls and vases that are sure to add a splash of bright energy to your living room. Both Murano and Strathearn Glass are regular fixtures in our auctions, and rightly so, as they are both high-quality additions to any living space.
As one of the premier antique auction houses in the North East, we know our porcelain, as it is one of the most common items we see on a day-to-day basis. However, that doesn’t mean that some of the pieces we auction off aren’t stunning examples of antique craftsmanship.
Meissen porcelain is one of the most sought-after types of porcelain available today. Look out for the crossed swords logo on these pieces – introduced in 1720, it is one of the oldest trademarks in existence! Meissen pieces can be found in museums across the world, so coming across one of these beautiful examples of belle epoque art at auction is enough to thrill even the most seasoned collector.
If you’re looking for something more subtle for your home, but equally beautiful, then the iconic blue of Wedgewood porcelain plates and bowls is something you should keep an eye out for. Formed in 1759, this company specialises in fine china with delicate designs. In 1766, founder Josiah Wedgewood’s porcelain was so highly regarded that it was dubbed “Queen’s ware” by the Queen consort. With an endorsement like that, then Wedgewood pieces are certain to give your home a palatial feel.
There’s a whole galaxy of homewares and furniture options out there for you to browse and bid on at our antique auctions here in North Shields, Newcastle, and online. Take a look at our guide to bidding and you’ll soon be on your way to a beautiful interior adorned with vintage pieces.