Polychromed limewood kneeling figures, made in England c.1610-30, on offer with Cotswolds dealership Houlston.

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It is part of the private collection of early carving and sculpture built up by the late dealer Jonathan Horne.

Houlston was set up last year by David Houlston, former Bonhams oak furniture specialist, and his wife Carolyn, a former textile specialist at Phillips. They are launching the collection to mark their election to The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA). Items will be offered online with viewing in the Cotswolds by arrangement.

Horne was best known as a dealer in English pottery. He worked with museums and private collectors and also released annual exhibition catalogues for nearly 30 years. He served as chairman of BADA from 2001-04 and was awarded an MBE shortly before his death in 2010.

Prices range from around £2000-50,000.