British Govt halts export of sideboard

British Govt halts export of sideboard

The British Government has put an export bar on a 19th century sideboard valued at almost half a million pounds in a bid to stop it leaving the country.

The UK's Culture Minister Ed Vaizey stepped in to try and save the piece of furniture which was designed by Bruce James Talbert in 1866 and is made from oak inlaid with ebony.

It is decorated with lines from Shakespeare and is valued at £485,000.

Mr Vaizey said: “This is a splendid piece on a monumental scale, showing bold design and exquisite craftsmanship. Talbert was one of the greatest Gothic revival designers, and it would be regrettable indeed if this masterpiece were lost to the nation.

“I hope that serious efforts can be made to raise funds for a matching offer to keep the dresser here where it belongs.”

Campaigners have until midnight on November 30 to raise the money, although that deadline could be extended to March 31 if “a serious intention to raise funds to purchase the piece is made”.

British Govt halts export of sideboard

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