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Conservative taste – £30,000

23 January 2006Written by ATG Reporter

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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