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One was Italian, with crossbanding and a circular floral marquetry panel to the fall front which enclosed a fitted interior. The three brass-handled drawers below and the sides also featured floral marquetry panels. Estimated at up to £3000 the bureau went to the Midlands trade at £3700.

Also going to the Midlands was a Dutch marquetry inlaid bureau with fall front, fitted interior and three brass-handled, serpentine drawers which went on its lower estimate at £3000.

Top seller outside the pictures was a 19th century walnut longcase regulator clock with silvered brass dial, subsidiary seconds dial and 24-hour hand. Signed William Rogers, Liverpool, it had a three-train movement striking on a gong and chiming on bells. Although the case needed work, it went to a Northern dealer over estimate at £4300.

Other bids included £2600 on a Regency mahogany and rosewood crossbanded sofa table; a lower-estimate £1800 on a fine-quality Regency rosewood and cut-brass inlaid foldover card table and an unexpected £2000 on a 19th century French ormolu wall clock in the shape of a lyre.