Period furniture is difficult to sell today, but styles play a significant role.
What was once popular has changed.
Today collectors look for
1) Mid Century Modern
2) Art & Crafts
3) Art Nouveau
Mid Century Modern
Art & Crafts
Teak furniture is one of the hottest trends, with an emphasis on unusual or signed pieces. While there are many pieces around, only the better pieces will bring a higher price. Interesting items such as tables that incorporate chairs or multi-level shelving pieces assume a greater value. The smaller pieces tend to be more popular.
Arts and Crafts pieces no matter what they are bring a good price. Signed pieces are quite rare and condition is imperative to get a good price.
Art Nouveau is extremely rare and will bring good prices, but condition is very important and just like the other two categories signed pieces are the best.