This late Qing pedestal desk, above, sold at Boningtons’ June 27 auction for £15,000.

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This late Qing (early 20th century) pedestal desk, above, topped the June 27 Epping sale at Boningtons (17.5% buyer’s premium).

In good original condition, against a £4000-6000 estimate it sold to a UK-based Chinese bidder on the phone at £15,000.