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Assistant house manager Carmen Alvarez carefully opens the coffer.<br />
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Million pound coffer in Blenheim Palace finally reveals its secret corners...<br />
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An ornate 17th century jewellery cabinet from the opulent court of Louis XIV in Versaille has finally revealed its secrets after conservator's went to work at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.<br />
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Built by Parisian master craftsman Andre Boulle in the 1680's it is thought to have been owned by Louis's eldest son 'the Grand Dauphin'.<br />
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However, due to a key being misplaced the coffer had not been opened until restorer Ludovic Potts managed to pick the locks and reveal secret compartments hidden behind the hinges.<br />
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Blenheim house manager Kate Ballenger said 'the newly unlocked coffer revealed Boulles extraordinary craftsmanship, although sadly the secret drawers were all empty!'