Heal’s circular book table, c.1930s – £700 at Chilcotts.

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They were on the market for the first time since they were purchased new by the vendors’ grandparents at Heals’ Tottenham Court Road store in the late 1930s. The family home, bought in 1936, overlooked the sea on the south Devon coast.

There were more than 40 pieces in the sale, most of them bearing the classic Heal & Son circular ivorine plaques used in the inter-war period. Leading the consignment at £3400 (estimate £300-400) was a bedroom suite comprising a pair of single wardrobes, a dressing table and a chest of drawers.

Shown here is a Heal’s limed oak circular book table, c.1930s, with two swing-out circular tiers. The 2ft 2in (66cm) wide table, opening up to 4ft 1in (1.21m), was estimated at £80-120 but sold at £700.