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“Smalls tended to be the flavour of the month – good ceramics, silver and works of art,” said Abbotts Auction Rooms specialist Geoffrey Barfoot, although furniture brought the highest prices.

A set of six Regency mahogany dining chairs, with reeded top rails and pierced interlaced horizontal slats together with two elbow chairs of little age, was secured with a £4100 private bid.

A George III mahogany bachelor’s chest – consigned too late
to be illustrated – was spotted
by several eagle-eyed dealers. Although it was in poor condition, missing some veneer and a
couple of handles, it was a good size at 2ft 9in by 183/4in (84cm by 48cm) and fetched £2600 from a dealer in the room against telephone competition.

An unusual entry was a privately consigned late 19th century English pine and painted sleigh raised on front scrolling supports and with a leather whip holder. Although the auction house were at a loss to explain its academic appeal, it was secured by a museum at £500.

Another unusual entry, a mahogany propeller from a c.1917 Bristol F.2b biplane was purchased by a decorator for £580 who wanted to use it as a mount for a clock.

Also in the running was a cold painted bronze model of a chihuahua by Alfred E. Lewis, dated 1887, 101/2in (27cm).

Although it was not the most commercially sought-after type of dog – Jack Russells, English terriers and pug dogs tend to be amongst the most popular breeds – it was well modelled and fetched £960, while a silver model of a cat, 1941, brought £660 from a dealer on the phone.

Abbotts Auction Rooms, Woodbridge, May 1
Buyer’s premium: 10 per cent