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“The backs of these stands are quite fragile,” dealer Andrew Singleton says. “They were quite likely to get burned – this one has visible burn marks – or broken off.

“Something like this is almost sculptural. It’s a collector’s piece rather than a decorative one.”

The exhibition runs at his Yoxford showroom from December 7-21, though the catalogue is already available online, and more will be added until the show opens.

Objects will range in price from £60-6000.

Despite a slow market recently, Singleton enjoys holding the shows and has already made some sales since launching the latest catalogue.

Among his other favourite pieces are a pair of carvings from Antwerp depicting Mary Magdalene and the Virgin Mary as “weepers” at the crucifixion.

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