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Appearance outweighs form and function, let alone age in this market and the red lacquered bookcase with chinoiserie decoration was certainly a good looker. The illustration obviates the need for a detailed description but worth mentioning is the fitted interior of drawers and pigeonholes behind the fall flap.

At 3ft 2in (97cm) wide, the bookcase attracted interest from as far afield as America, and after a battle between bidders in the room and on the phone the hammer eventually fell in favour of a Welsh dealer in the room who posted a winning bid of £2700.