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It was a textbook example of an 18th century armoire or kas; foliate carved to an overhanging cornice and comprising a configuration of two small and two large panelled cupboard doors flanked by architectural columns.

Standing 6ft 3in tall by 3ft wide (1.9m x 90cm) – not as big as some examples – it was in fine condition and a Dutch dealer beat a Belgian rival to secure it at £7800.

Another Continental offering in the 400-lot furniture section was an Austrian bentwood two-tier jardinière stand bearing the label Jacob & Joseph Konn, Wien, Austria. Standing 4ft 21/2in (1.28m) high, it took £1650 from a Shropshire dealer.

Georgian furniture in good condition appeared to be in high demand.

First up was a George III mahogany card table on cabriole legs which took £850 from a local trade buyer, while a George III oak bureau on ogee bracket feet fetched £850 against a £300-500 estimate.

Regency offerings included a rosewood desk standing 2ft 6in (76cm) tall, of davenport form but with a flat top rather than a sloping surface. It was rather distressed but it sold to a London dealer at £780.

Pick of the ceramics was a 19th century blue and gilt Sevres porcelain vase decorated with a courting shepherd and shepherdess within a classical landscape. Standing 281/2in (72cm) high, the vase appeared in fine condition and was bought by an East Sussex
dealer at £2000.

John Bellman, Billingshurst, April 22-23
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