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London gallery Callisto Fine Arts is currently offering The Ketteringham Hall Cabinet, a 17th century Flemish work of art decorated with 10 oil on copper paintings by Hieronymus Francken (1611-71).

It is built in ebony with ripple mouldings and gilt metal and glass-mounted ornament. The copper panels depict scenes from the lift of Moses. Inside is a mirrored space with columns and a parquetry floor.

It bears a panel to the back inscribed Lilies which relates to the Aylesbury home of Sir George Edmund Nugent, 2nd Baronet (1802-92), but it moved to Norfolk when his daughter married Sir Francis George Manningham Boileau (1830-1900), 2nd Baronet of Ketteringham Hall.

The hall was a US Air Force headquarters during the Second World War and in the 1970s was the base for the Lotus Formula 1 team, but the cabinet had been auctioned off with the contents of the house in 1947.

It is offered for a price in excess of £100,000.


Shop manager sought

Decorative arts and antique lighting dealer Christopher Butterworth is searching for a new shop manager. Interested candidates for the full-time role to run the Pimlico Road shop will have a keen interest in the decorative arts of the 18th-20th centuries. Apply to info@christopherbutterworth.com, with interviews planned for September.

Shipping tie-up

Antiques.co.uk, the online antiques marketplace, has partnered with MBE Auction Logistics from Mail Boxes Etc to offer worldwide shipping on its offerings. The site pairs offerings with the seller’s nearest MBE Auctions Logistics centre and takes shoppers to a shipping quotation form.

Iain Brunt, who founded antiques.co.uk in 1996, says: “This means our customers can buy with complete confidence and offers sellers the reassurance that they are reaching a worldwide audience that understands how easy it is to buy and own any item listed on our site.”



Rehs expansion

New York City’s Rehs Galleries is moving out of its home of 26 years as it prepares a purpose-built location. The dealership’s former home was on East 57th Street and it will now move to West 55th Street where a new space more than double the size is being built. In the meantime, its stock will be stored in Long Island City, but business will continue full time. The two branches of the fine art specialist, Rehs Galleries and Rehs Contemporary, will also stand in a series of US fairs.


Poldark on offer


Peter Harrington features the first four Poldark novels with the original publisher’s contracts in its new catalogue. 

File copies of the first four Poldark novels with the original publisher’s contracts are on offer from Peter Harrington for £10,000. The collection is a testament to the series’ survival after it went out of print in the late 1950s.

In 1960 The Bodley Head bought the copyright from the original publishers and started to re-release the volumes in a new format with striking covers. These caught the eye of Robert Clark of Associated British Pictures and, having first been released at the end of the Second World War, Poldark arrived on television for the first time in the 1970s – with much more screen time to follow.

The books are part of Peter Harrington’s summer catalogue which offers 166 items.