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Stride’s do not print estimates in their monthly catalogues but the black, green and silver set carried hopes of £100-120. On the day, a Hampshire buyer keen to add the set to her collection went to £1100 to beat off a London dealer.

The London trade had more success when a 19th century footbath by Pountney & Allies, Bristol was offered.

Blue-and-white transfer ware has been selling well of late as have footbaths, but the London trade battle which ended with a bid of £1300 was still a pleasant surprise to the vendor.

The modest furniture offering also threw up a considerable surprise in the form of a 4ft (1.22m) wide oblong walnut table on roughly square legs and catalogued as “rustic”.

Strides had expected up to £350 for the table but a bidding battle which included Continental and British dealers ended with a phone bid of £2300.

Top price of the sale was the £3400 which secured a Georgian mahogany chest on chest.

Stride & Son, Chichester, May 31
Buyer’s premium: 15 per cent