This c.1805 side table, possibly made by Gillow’s sold for £105,000 to a London dealer at Lyon & Turnbull’s sale in Edinburgh on March 21.

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Measuring 6ft 6in (1.98m) across, it was one of a dozen or so pieces from a Glasgow private collection accumulated over the past two decades.

New head of department Lee Young was able to tell the many potential purchasers this unusual piece was in fine condition - "it couldn't get much better, it had aged beautifully" - but was unable to come up with a probable candidate for the distinctive French-style design that incorporates an undulating shelf and an entablature frieze centred by a sunken lozenge. Gillow's were possibly the cabinetmakers.

In his first sale at Broughton Place, Mr Young fielded bids from half a dozen phone lines and as many interested parties in the room. Competition boiled down to a New York versus London trade battle, won by the latter at £105,000 (plus premium), some ten times the estimate.