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The 4ft 4in (1.32m) wide cabinet, decorated with kingfishers, prunus blossom and water lilies, bore a printed and hand written label for Leeds cabinet makers Hummerston Brothers who received commissions for Temple Newsam House and Harewood House.

The specialists at Bristol-based Clevedon Salerooms, where the cabinet was offered on September 5, were unable to pin the cabinet down to a designer but this didn’t deter bidders ranging from a Parisian dealer to a Leeds insitution.

A Midlands dealer posted the winning bid of £4600 (plus 15% buyer’s premium).