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Thereafter Victorian pieces took over. A mahogany compactum wardrobe offered with a matching dressing table brought £920 and walnut veneered floral inlaid music cabinet with capped corners and a gilt metal gallery above a glazed door enclosing an arrangement of shelves, drawers and pigeonholes inscribed Dance, Songs and Gen. Music sold at £900.

Highlight among the ceramics was a damaged majolica figure of a smiling American black woman holding a basket, which went to the trade at £600.

Biddle & Webb, Birmingham, April 9,
Buyer’s premium: 10 per cent