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This was the six-leg Regency mahogany extending dining table pictured right with its five extra leaves. Extending to 11ft 8in (3.55m), it featured a top with a moulded edge with rounded corners above a plain frieze on ring turned and fluted tapering supports.

Consigned from a local house, it
triggered fierce bidding between two rivals on the phone and one in the room before selling to a Suffolk dealer at £13,400.

Furniture also included another extending dining table, a Victorian mahogany example with two extra leaves measuring 8ft 51/2in, (2.58m) long, which made £2800, while a 19th century mahogany partners’ desk, 5ft 11in (1.80m) wide, took £2050.

Best of the clocks was an 18th/19th
century Dutch wall clock, 4ft 1in (1.24m) tall at £1600 and a healthy silver section was led by an 11in (28cm) 23oz oval fruit basket by John Edward Terrey, London 1820. Applied with a cast grape vine rim and with a pierced swing handle, it sold at £1200.

Among the ceramics was a 6in (15cm) Royal Doulton ewer by Hannah Barlow, with impressed mark and dated 1862. Incised and decorated with setter dogs and with applied treacle glaze and a blue
handle, it sold at £800. And the fiver? That secured a 7in (18cm) Bretby pottery shell wall pocket.