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One such huge bedroom piece, 7ft 4in by 7ft 6in (2.23m x 2.29m), fetched £850 and another, c.1870, realised £480.

The star turn was another large piece, a handsome North Country oak linen press, c.1740-1760, with a rich patina and an arrangement of three short drawers above three graduated longer drawers. Privately consigned and in good original condition, the 4ft 1in x 6ft 7in (1.24m x 2m) entry was secured by a Midlands dealer for his own use at £5000.

A strong bid was also tendered for a well-figured, locally entered, Victorian burr walnut and inlaid credenza, which sold to the trade at £4800, while a Shropshire oak dresser with plate rack, c.1800 with later additions, sold just below estimate at £2300.

Elsewhere, a walnut-framed, tapestry-upholstered, hall seat was a decorative and affordable early 20th century alternative to the early Georgian real thing, It took a winning £1450.

Outside the furniture, the eyecatcher was the 4 1/4in (11cm) signed Loetz glass baluster vase pictured right. In good condition, it sold to the Viennese trade at £1450 against seven rivals on the phone and an undercooked estimate of £200-300.

Overall, the sale was 80 per cent sold and totalled £130,000.