Are you sitting comfortably? We hope so, as the settee made £10,800!

WE are in the midst of an upholstery revival, as more antique furniture is rejuvenated by some leopard skin print upholstery fabric. Fascinatingly, in bygone days, part of the upholsterer’s jurisdiction included carpets, curtains and coffin linings!

As an auctioneer and valuer assessing upholstered furniture, the understanding is that if a piece has sprung upholstery it is either Victorian or  later, as original Georgian upholstery is padded with horse hair and has no metal springs.