One of a pair of Chinese export black lacquer chinoiserie decorated cabinets on stands – £32,500 at Bellmans.

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On the market for the first time, they had been acquired prior to 1830 by Captain Richard Alsager (1781-1841) of the British East India Company and had then come by descent.

Textbook productions of the early 19th century that combine a popular Western form with sumptuous lacquer decoration, they sold for £32,500 (estimate £5000-10,000).