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If you are able to spend a great amount of money on new furniture, imagine how much you can spend on old! Revival furniture pieces are more fashionable than ever. And some of them are truly art works that cost millions of dollars!
The most expensive is the Badminton cabinet, which costs $36.7 million. Made in the 18th century, it was commissioned by Henry Somerset, 3rd Duke of Beaufort, at the age of 19. It took thirty experts six years to make, and came to be named after the Duke’s country seat, Badminton House in Gloucestershire, England, where it remained until it was auctioned by his descendants in the late 20th century.
In fact, in the late 18th century, being wealthy was still fashionable and desirable, so Rococo Revival furniture was sumptuous. Expensive woods, such as mahogany and rosewood, were mostly used. One great example of these expensive pieces is this Claude Lalanne Ginkgo Chair:
But there is table even older that costs even more. The Tufft pier table, named after its creator, Thomas Tufft, was hand-carved in the late 1700s for general store owner Richard Edwards of Lumberton, New Jersey. The antique table features pierced fretwork and long legs ending in narrow ankles and detailed ball-and-claw feet. It was sold by Edwards’ descendent, a Philadelphia architect by the name of Samuel Harrison Gardiner. It costs $4.6 million.
Coper is also a material that is still present in the revival furnitue. Made of solid copper, the Archeo Cooper bathtub is hand-crafted by the very people who refurbished Lady Liberty’s torch. Over five feet long and two-and-a-half feet wide, the tub is spacious enough to comfortably accommodate just about anyone. The extravagantly made tub easily takes its place as the world’s most expensive bathtub with its $67,557.
To end our gallery, we present you a slightly more modern piece (from the 19th century). In that century, a new fashion which looked back at the rococo forms of Louis XIV and Louis XV periods was gaining favor.
The 19th century version featured cabriole legs, curving contours, intricate carvings in arrangements of rich, deeply carved clusters of fruit, flowers, or other natural forms in a variety of combinations unlike anything ever produced in the 18th century. Nowadays, it is still very fashionable!