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However, a late 18/19th century yew
and elm framed Windsor chair still brought the biggest money in this 439-lot Buckinghamshire sale on 7 March.

Although the chair needed considerable work – one of its crook arm supports was broken and its cabriole legs had been reduced – it fetched £2100, while a late 18th century Dutch oak and floral marquetry bow- front commode brought £1650.

Moorcroft pottery brought some of the strongest ceramic prices, with the foremost entry a cylindrical vase with flared rim decorated with the Pansy design on a blue/green ground, c.1916, Burslem mark and William Moorcroft signature.

It sold at £1150, while £720 was bid to secure a second Moorcroft pottery vase decorated with the Pomegranate pattern.

The decorative appeal of an early 20th century painted porcelain plaque decorated with a half length portrait of a girl, 7in by 5in (18cm x 13cm), in a gilded gesso frame saw this double expectations at £820.
Elsewhere, a George III silver wine funnel of demi-reeded tapered form with detachable strainer, London, 1818, brought £440.

Amersham Auction Rooms
Amersham, March 7
Buyer’s premium: 15 per cent