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This has undermined prices at auction, which had climbed from around £500-800 in the mid-’90s to anything between £1500-3000 in the past couple of years, depending on age and condition.

Two examples at Christie’s design sale in London last year made £2800 and £2500, but this example right manufactured by Hermann Miller in the past decade or so, only rated £1400 from a private buyer at Amersham Auction Rooms (15% buyer’s premium) in Buckinghamshire on August 1.

One of the most widely recognised and produced 18th century designs – a George III mahogany chest on chest with dentil and blind fret carved frieze, two short and six long cockbeaded drawers with brass bail handles, took the top furniture price of £2600.