Robin White



The Rent Table

We recently found ourselves asking, “why is it called a rent table?” and this is what we learned: The “rent” table, as the name suggests, would be used at a large country estate for the management of the rent collection from the estate tenants. The numbered drawers around the rotating frieze were also sometimes marked with letters of the alphabet and would be used to order the paperwork and ledgers while the secure locked compartment in the center of the table top provided safe storage for the monies paid.

A French Bagues 6 Light Gilt Iron Chandelier

France 1930

A French Bagues 6 light gilt iron chandelier with glass element covering center shaft and tole bobeches inset with crystal beads, the frame draped with crystal beads and drops. The Bagues Company, founded in 1840 in Paris by Noel Bagues, originally produced bronze fittings for churches. The advent of electricity in the nineteenth century moved the company toward the production of lighting. A reputation for the quality and style of its designs soon followed. Bagues lighting graced “La Chambre de la Reine” at Versailles, as well as the French Salon at Claridges Hotel in 1909 and the Dorchester hotel. Candelabra were commissioned for the Paris Ritz. La Maison Bagues, based in France, has been making fine furniture and lighting since 1840. The firm specializes in exquisite chandeliers and sconces, and is considered by many to be the premier purveyors of lighting in the world. They gained recognition during the 1940s for their unique bronze bamboo tables.