One of the treasures in Huntington Antiques’ catalogue and exhibition – both called The Art of the Possible – is this c.1480 Gothic walnut revolving bookstand, 4ft 11 1/2in (1.51m) high, priced at £75,000.

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Some of the pieces are already on display in the showroom at Church Street, but the whole will be offered from October 9 to 23 in an exhibition entitled The Art of the Possible.

At the front of the catalogue, Mr Golding has subtitled the show Collecting early items in the 21st century and the idea is to show that, even these days, it is possible to find and buy distinctive, early pieces at a reasonable price. The most expensive piece in the catalogue is £150,000, but prices start at £2500.

To acquire these items, Mike Golding had to scour not only this country but France, Belgium, Spain, New York and even Texas.

The results are spectacular. Possibly the prize, if not the most expensive, work in the collection is a rare secular Gothic walnut, revolving four-sided bookstand but also noteworthy are four almost life-size Elizabethan carved figures, an extremely rare Elizabethan three-tier court cupboard and a 15th century oak altar piece.