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This was a 17th century oak wainscot chair entered into the sale from the estate of a local doctor’s widow, which was given an estimate of £600-1000 to take into account some defects and a chunk out of one of the side columns.

However, it was in essentially original condition and a belief that it was very much a local piece – North Cheshire rather than the wider catalogue description of North West England – and one of several telephone bidders went to £3800 to secure it.

Other furniture prices included £1600 on an early 19th century mahogany linen press and £1050 on an Art Deco Kemble Mini upright piano in a walnut and bird’s eye maple case.
Art Deco was also the favoured period among the silver where a four-piece tea service went over hopes at £1180.

Maxwells, Wilmslow, January 18
Buyer’s premium: 12 per cent