First seen by auctioneers Capes Dunn in 1987 during an insurance valuation, this pietra-dura table has now been consigned to their next sale.

Estimated at £40,000-60,000, the 2ft 11in (89cm) diameter top is inscribed to the underside Pietro Barzanti Figlio, Firenza 1878.

It will appear at the sale in Manchester on March 25.

Contact 0161 273 1911.