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Best of the furniture was a Victorian mahogany dressing table which, against a £200-300 estimate, went at £1250 while a Victorian mahogany partners’ desk took £1000 and a Georgian oak lowboy went over estimate at £900.

Among the ceramics, majolica, unsurprisingly, led the way when a game pie tureen and cover in good condition went over estimate at £760.
More strictly collectable were a Foley intarsio biscuit barrel and a bone china Shelley Chintz part-tea service.
The biscuit barrel, with Art Nouveau-style flowers and two panels depicting scenes from Hamlet – entitled Yorrick and They hold up Adam’s Procession – took £180 and the part-tea service in the Melody pattern went at £560.