It sold at a surprise £182,000 (plus 21% buyer’s premium) – more than 90 times top estimate and a house record for the Twickenham firm.
The design of this table, with its distinctive scroll supports centred by a basket of fruit and a mask-head frieze, is similar to one produced by William Kent for Richard Boyle (1694-1753), 3rd Earl of Burlington, at Chiswick House, c.1730.
This 3ft (91cm) wide table, which the auction house cautiously catalogued as 19th century, came for sale by descent from the English artist Robert Norman Hepple (1908- 94), best known for his portraits of the royal family.
Its gilt and painted decoration was later covering an original painted scheme, with the frame and top seemingly original.
A potentially important piece, it attracted numerous admirers at its estimate of £1000-2000 with four phones and three in the room still active at the business end of bidding.