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Attributed to London cabinet maker Thomas Pistor, this William and Mary period oyster kingwood and rosewood escritoire is priced at £60,000 from English furniture specialist WR Harvey & Co.

The 5ft 5in x 3ft 7in (1.65 x 1.11m) piece, which opens to reveal a leather writing surface and an assortment of pigeon holes and secret compartments, dates to c.1690 and belongs to a family of cabinets made by Pistor between 1668-1706 in Ludgate Hill.

“This example, being in kingwood and so perfectly executed with the oyster veneered parquetry roundels and interspersed hearts, could only have been made for one of the finest families in the country - possibly even for royalty,” said proprietor David Harvey.

Pistor is ranked alongside royal cabinetmakers John Gumley and Gerrit Jensen, with all three working for Colonel James Grahme, a high-ranking courtier to James II.

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