Early 18th century walnut chest of drawers – £6800 at Rowley’s.

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Some condition problems were evident: a replacement back leg, some missing or replaced veneers and mouldings and a split to the side.

Nevertheless, pitched at £400-600 its basic quality resulted in a trade bid of £6800 – a solid price that would not have seemed lightweight a decade or so ago.