At her Oxfordshire exhibition this weekend, Lucy Johnson will ask around £16,000 for this late 17th century walnut cupboard with fine marquetry inlay.

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Now, after 27 years in Covent Garden, Arthur, an acknowledged expert in his field, is giving up his shop to work from home dealing with major clients and acting as a consultant to museums and collections as well as, increasingly, servicing the prop hire industry for films, television and photo shoots. Mr Middleton said: "When we first moved here it was nice and peaceful, but for some while we have been plagued by passing tourists just treating us as a free museum.

"Between this and the ever-rising rents demanded in Covent Garden, a move makes economic sense."

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