Fireworks were seen in Edinburgh on November 5 when this Charles Voysey secretaire leapt above its modest £3000-5000 estimate to sell for £70,000 at Lyon & Turnbull's Decorative Arts sale.
It was bought by specialist dealer Paul Reeves, who said the
cabinet - with its heart-shaped lock and three bird-and-flower
inlaid ebony panels - was among the exhibits at the 1905 Arts
and Crafts Exhibition. The original drawings remain at the
Royal Institute of British Architects.
Mr Reeves, who deals with major collectors and museums around
the world, plans to keep the piece for the near future: "I just
love the piece and will enjoy it for the time being, especially as
it still has the original Voysey key," he told ATG.
The buyer's premium was 25/12 per cent.