Rent table, noun

Rent table 2

A rent table was evidently a piece of furniture that was used by English landlords in the 1700s. Merriam-Webster defines it thusly: “a round or polygonal table made during the second half of the 18th century in England, with small drawers often labeled with the days of the week and possibly used for a simple filing system for rent collecting.” It typically had six drawers. The rent table pictured here is lot #399 in Crescent City Auction Gallery’s June 24-25 estates auction, online and at the firm’s gallery in New Orleans, where it’s estimated to gavel for $900-$1,200.

Crescent City’s auction’s catalog describes it as an English Regency-style carved mahogany leather-top rent table, circa late 19th century, with green gilt tooled inset leather over a wide skirt with four real and four faux drawers with brass wreath pulls, on a ring turned support to reeded cabriole legs on brass paw cup casters. The rent table wasn’t reserved just for landlords. It was often placed in a rich individual's library, the room in a house where a gentleman would keep literature and do his business transactions. The library also often contained a drawing table.