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With a moulded cornice above four arched glazed doors, and two central panelled doors enclosing a fitted interior of six drawers, it was of good quality and obviously represented good value for someone with a large enough house to accommodate it. It fetched £5500.

Furniture provided most of the top sellers, with an early 19th century rosewood circular pedestal table inlaid with a satinwood marquetry design making £1500 and a decorative 19th century gilt and gesso-mounted overmantel mirror, elaborately moulded with birds of prey, going at £2200.

At Keys 1439-lot sale on July 13-14, the highlight was an early 19th century mahogany longcase with an eight-day movement by Robert Pilch of North Walsham and a rocking ship automaton. Although the market for longcases is fairly flat at the moment, this was unusual enough to realise £4400.

Among the collectables was a trio of 6 1/4in (16cm) high Mabel Lucie Atwell figures by Shelley – the Bride, Bridegroom and Curate. Although the curate’s head was off, the group fetched £1600.