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Firmly attributable masterworks might have been in short supply, but the 30-odd pictures from the house, most of which were bought by an unknown member of the Bailward family in the early 19th century, did have a considerable amount of decorative appeal and they contributed £100,000 – roughly a fifth – of the sale’s overall proceeds.

Most enthusiastically contested of the lots was this 2ft 8in by 2ft 1in (82 x 64cm) canvas of the Virgin and Child attributed to a Follower of Federico Bencovich (1675-1753) which sold to a West Country collector for £17,000 against a typically here-to-be-sold estimate of £1200-1800. Condition was described as “relined, needs a clean, some retouching”.