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Parrots cabinet f lies to £66,000

Furniture takes a rare top spot despite numerous and varied delights at Dorchester auction

It takes something special these days for a piece of furniture to be the soar-away star of a sale – particularly a sale with a couple of five-figure Chinese lots and attractive collections of glass and ceramic rarities.

The ‘something special’ at Duke’s (22% buyer’s premium) at Dorchester on February 23 was the 19th century Italian ebony, pietra dura and gilt metal cabinet illustrated on this page.

The 5ft 2in (1.58m) tall cabinet, with a shelved interior and parrots as the main decorative theme, had an apparent provenance to the sale of the Earl Fitzwilliam’s Wentworth estate in 1949 and was estimated at £10,000-15,000.

The general feeling was that the cabinet itself was c.1840 but that the pietra dura panels were earlier – hence the international interest which pushed the bidding to £66,000 at which it sold over the phone to an anonymous buyer.

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