The Chippendale-attributed cabinet-on-stand that sold for £2.4m, a new auction high for British furniture at Christie’s on June 18.

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The two events totalled £22.64m hammer and the best pieces set numerous new auction benchmarks.

Perhaps the most notable sign of how traditional quality still holds sway was that the evening auction broke the £1.6m record for British furniture, set in the same rooms back in 1993 for the Anglesey Desk, on no fewer than four occasions.

It culminated in a new high of £2.4m (plus premium) for the George II parcel-gilt padouk cabinet-on-stand attributed to Thomas Chippendale, pictured here.

The chinoiserie fantasy, which is thought to have been made c.1755-60 for Sir Roger Palmer and was at Kenure Park Co Dublin until 1964, is of similar design to a bookcase at Dumfries House, a major Chippendale commission.

The cabinet was knocked down in the room to art advisor Christopher Payne against a telephone bidder. The price was just under the lower end of its £2.5m-4m estimate.

By Anne Crane