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This 1982-83 chest of drawers set a record for a work by Alan Peters at the Modern British Living sale at Mallams on August 15 when it made £12,500.

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Peters (1933-2009), who was first apprenticed to Cotswold School giant Edward Barnsley in 1949, became a leader of a generation of designer-makers in the 1970s and ‘80s and had a worldwide reputation. His 1984 book Cabinetmaking: The Professional Approach is still a major reference work.

At his Kentisbeare workshops the use of native woods, such as Devon walnut, by Peters and his apprentices became something of a trademark but it was his interest in Japan and Korea following visits to both that is reflected in the design of the 13-drawer chest.

Made of walnut, tropical olive and cherry wood, the 3ft 7in (1.09m) wide chest with black iron handles was a 1982 commission for a Cheltenham client and was offered with Peters’ original preliminary sketches, invoice and correspondence.

It was estimated at £3000-4000 at the August 15 sale and attracted online and phone interest before selling to a private buyer in the room at £12,500.