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Of the style we think of as Edwardian Sheraton Revival, the 7ft 81/2in wide by 7ft 4in high (2.35 x 2.24m), bookcase was distinguished by sunburst glazing bars and a gilt brass trade plate bearing the name of leading Victorian manufacturers Druce & Co., of Baker Street and Portman Square, London.

Entered in untouched and clean condition, the bookcase attracted an above-estimate £8100 from the trade to become by far the best seller of the day.