Tilt at the top
Prices of antique furniture are depressed but strengthening across the board, although the rare and unusual always finds eager buyers. By tradition, rent tables stood in the estate manager’s office to receive tenants on rent day, their rent books and payments stored in lettered or numbered drawers around the circular drum-top.
They come onto the auction market only rarely. This elegant Regency rosewood and inlaid example with crossbanded drawers with original handles had two further attractions: one, it was attributable possibly to A.gardner and Son of Jamaica Street, Glasgow, a known maker, and two, it had a top that, for ease of storage, could tilt to vertical, a highly unusual feature, hence the winning bid of £4,000.
It was purchased by a specialist
London dealer in a sale at Silverwoods of Lancashire.