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The highlight was a Georgian mahogany sideboard. Fitted with sliding doors over a frieze drawer and flanked by deep drawers on reeded square tapering legs, the 7ft 5in (2.3m) wide piece made a respectable £1800.

But it was followed by a run of 10 unsold lots – mainly mahogany furniture from the Victorian period and later. And several of the high value lots also failed to find buyers, such as a Regency mahogany glazed bookcase bought-in against its £3000-4000 estimate.

However, healthy prices were realised for the more unusual entries, such as a Glasgow-style hall chair. With a rectangular top rail and a central splat inlaid with mother-of-pearl flowerheads and butterfly shapes, it was estimated at £100-150. Several bidders contested the entry and it sold at £1050.

A pair of Regency coromandel pedestal stands with circular tops on baluster stands and lion paw feet, attracted sufficient decorators’ interest for them to sell at £1600 against a £600-900 estimate.

Other furniutre included a mahogany library desk that brought a mid-estimate £1300 and a late Georgian mahogany grandfather clock struck a cord with several buyers when it was contested to £1300.

Leading the way in the ceramic section was a 29-piece Victorian Spode tea set. Decorated with flowerheads in red and gilt, it went to quadruple estimate at £650.

An Arts and Crafts oval wall mirror also attracted considerable interest. Measuring 2ft 51/2in (75cm), it had an oxidised frame embossed with an evocative design of a mermaid and sailboats and sold at £560.