The highlight of Dreweatt Neate's January 18 Furniture and Works of Art sale at Donnington Priory was this George III mahogany tripod table, left, with its piecrust top and a column and legs smothered with acanthus carving. Its provenance was given as The Old Rectory, Peasemore in Berkshire, a property that was quickly identified in the press as the family home of the new Conservative Party leader David Cameron. The table had a leg repaired and a chip to one of the scroll feet but it left its £7000-9000 estimate way behind, selling to a buyer in the room at £30,000 (plus 17.5 per cent buyer's premium).
Conservative taste – £30,000
The tripod table is among the selection of Early Mahogany furniture that contributes to the ACC Antique Furniture Price Index. The sector recorded a 6% fall in 2005 – with tripod tables of routine quality dropping in price – but better examples of any form will buck the general trend.