JULY may now seem like ancient history but it is worth putting on record the wholly unexpected performance of a late Regency period circular dining table offered by Mallams (15% buyer’s premium) from their Cheltenham rooms on July 22.
The mahogany table, with its plain fluted column and triform base, currently measures around 6ft (1.83m) diameter, but to the underside were the mounts (numbered 1-8) that suggested it was originally made to take extra crescent-shaped leaves.
Recent auction precedent has marked radially-expanding dining tables of this quality (Gillows were suggested as a candidate) as perhaps the most sought-after 19th century furniture forms.
This example (regrettably no adequate illustration was available) clearly needed new leaves but the £1500-2500 estimate allowed acres of room for restoration costs. In fact trade bidding rose to £45,000.
Among other notable results posted at this Cheltenham sale was the £1950 paid for a rare Staffordshire figure of explorer Captain Cook modelled wearing a cobalt jacket with his arm resting on a navigation chart. This time the top estimate was a more accurate £1500.
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