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Best of the silver was a four-piece tea service of oval form by Mappin & Webb. The half reed set with neoclassical decoration went at £600.

Flatware is generally popular and a small quantity of Georgian and other cutlery went to the silver trade at £460. The poor condition of a silver wine funnel kept the estimate down to £20-30 but the popularity of wine-related items resulted in spirited bidding and it sold at £460.

Like silver, credenzas meet a more critical audience than used to be the case but a Victorian ebonised example got away well enough.

With gilt metal mounts to the frieze drawer and two doors with applied oval and foliate gilt metal panels with a central copper finish musical plaque flanked by caryatids and roses, the credenza caught the eye of a Kent dealer who secured it for a mid-estimate £900.

Elsewhere in the furniture a Victorian mahogany chest of two short and three long drawers on a plinth base went to the London trade at £250 and an Edwardian plain mahogany butler’s tray and stand brought a mid-estimate £210 from a Sussex dealer.

Oriental porcelain provided the main ceramics interest with a famille rose rectangular meat platter going to a local dealer at £300, while from Britain a 19th century New Stone large meat plate sold at £100.

Crow’s Auction Gallery, Dorking, April 25
Buyer’s premium: 10 per cent