Ban on export of Dickens’ study table

British Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, Michael Ellis, has placed a temporary export ban on a study table used by British novelist Charles Dickens.

The William IV mahogany table is at risk of being exported from the UK unless a buyer can be found to match the asking price of 67,600 pounds. Ellis expects that this would provide an opportunity to keep the table —last auctioned in December 2017 — to stay in the country.

Dickens used the table almost throughout his career — first in his London home at Devonshire Terrace and then in his offices on Wellington Street where he published “Household Words” and “All the Year Round”. It remained in the possession of Dickens’ descendants until it was sold at the December 2017 auction. IANS

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