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Measuring 2ft 11/2in (65cm) from leaf-decorated and beaded bases to butterfly finials, the urns were probably not more than about 50 years old but absolutely in line with today’s decorative tastes. The £3500-4500 estimate seemed punchy but the urns, with three cherub supports and central spiral serpents, sold to the trade at £4700.

Most of the 540 lots were, as expected at Cheltenham, three-figure sales, but an 80 per cent success rate showed lively buying. Best of the furniture was a late Regency mahogany chiffonier with tiered shelf back and brass gallery which more than doubled top hopes at £1900.

Also bringing £1900, a shade below hopes, was a 2ft 4in (71cm) tall 19th century mahogany and gilt metal bracket clock by John Smith of Derby with oval silver engraved dial, acorn finials and scroll feet.