An Elizabeth I coffer, priced at £8950 from dealership Houlston.

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This Elizabeth I joined oak sycamore and fruitwood coffer, West Country, c.1570, is among the stock being offered by new dealership Houlston. It is priced at £8950.

The new business has been set up by former Bonhams’ specialist David Houlston, specialising in oak furniture and works of art, and his wife Carolyn, previously a textiles specialist at Phillips.

Based in the Cotswolds, near Stow-on-the-Wold, the couple will deal in period oak, vernacular furniture, textiles, metalwork and related works of art.

David will also continue to operate as a consultant, independently from this business, for a range of companies, institutions and private clients.