The tripod table is among the selection of Early Mahogany furniture that contributes to the ACC Antique Furniture Price Index. The sector recorded a 6% fall in 2005 – with tripod tables of routine quality dropping in price – but better examples of any form will buck the general trend.
The highlight of Dreweatt Neate's January 18 Furniture and
Works of Art sale at Donnington Priory was this George III mahogany
tripod table, left, with its piecrust top and a column and legs
smothered with acanthus carving. Its provenance was given as The
Old Rectory, Peasemore in Berkshire, a property that was quickly
identified in the press as the family home of the new Conservative
Party leader David Cameron. The table had a leg repaired and a chip
to one of the scroll feet but it left its £7000-9000 estimate way
behind, selling to a buyer in the room at £30,000 (plus 17.5 per
cent buyer's premium).
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