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18th century Flemish ebony and tortoiseshell veneered cabinet, estimated at £5000-10,000 at Wilson55 in Nantwich.

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As indicated to labels verso, it was once owned by Sir Robert Brooke and was part of the furnishings of the family seat of Norton Priory in Runcorn. In 1920, the year before the Brooke family left the house (it was partially demolished in 1928), a massive auction was held at the 30-bedroom property over five days.

Many locals bought items – including the local farming family whose descendants have chosen to part with the cabinet and its later English rococo base.

Estimate £5000-10,000.

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