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This Anglo-Japanese side table by Edward William Godwin sold for £80,000 at Simon Chorley’s sale on November 30.

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A similar Anglo-Japanese side table with staggered, folding shelves, fretwork stretchers and delicate brass fittings resides in the Metropolitan Museum, New York.

A revision to the website description saw a deluge of interest including an enquriy from Max Donnelly of Bond Street dealers The Fine Art Society. He was in the room to buy it at £80,000 (plus 15 per cent buyer's premium).