I'm looking for the title of a short story I read in the late '90s (but which I think was significantly older).
The core element of the story was a piece of furniture (or maybe a curio?) with some kind of salacious carvings on it. One character (the narrator?) originally acquires it, but decides that the carvings make it inappropriate for a person at his stage/role in life. He gifts it to a friend or acquaintance.
At the end of the story, we learn that the item of furniture has passed through a chain of recipients, and is about to be given to the main character by someone who recognizes it as a "matching piece" to the one in his possession.
I believe it was set in England. The general feel was late-Victorian or Edwardian, though it could possibly have been mid-20th century.
I have an uncertain memory of having read it in a hardbound anthology with pages that felt old, and of a vintage in which there were illustrated plates interspersed in the pages. It was certainly in English, and would have been either in the US or in the collection of (British) South African relatives.
At one point I considered the possibility that it was a Roald Dahl story, but my search through his bibliography didn't produce any likely matches, and I'm more inclined to believe it was older than that.
It has a bit of an O. Henry ring to it (and relies on a conceit similar to that in "Conscience in Art") but it doesn't match any of the synopses of his well-known stories that I can find. I have not completely searched through the actual text of his works.