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The second day of the marathon three-day sale began with furniture and the best money was taken by a Victorian mahogany circular library table.

With a revolving top and reeded pedestal above a trefoil base, the table sold to an East Anglian dealer at £1900.

Other notables were a late Georgian mahogany display bookcase raised with an arrangement of eight short and long drawers, which, despite being covered in a thick layer of dust, took £1000 from the Kent trade, and a French giltwood threefold screen with fabric inset panels made £600.
Among the ceramics, a pair of French powder-blue ground porcelain vases with Art Nouveau floral ormolu mounts led the way. The pair had been restored and converted to table lamps, but still took £1050.

And a London dealer secured a Wedgwood majolica teapot with a handle and spout moulded as an exotic lizard for £480.

The final day included an selection of toys and collectables. An animal charity benefited from the £690 sale of a collection of Britains and other lead farm animals, carts and countryside-related items. Also worth noting was the £420 taken for a Merrythought Cheeky Bear.

John Bellman, Billingshurst
January 29-31
Buyer’s premium: 15 per cent