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It required some restoration to the frame, carved with an egg and dart border and a Greek key frieze, and surmounted by a shell cartouche flanked by scrolling garlands, but overall quality was good and the £1200-1500 estimate always looked on the low side. Bidders certainly thought so and the 5ft 11in x 3ft 4in (1.5m x 1.01m) mirror made £7800.

Good-quality early 19th century English bracket clocks have been making good money of late, and arousing interest here was a c.1800 twin-fusee mahogany cased example by James Payne of Fosters Lane, London.

Standing 16in (41cm) tall it had an arched top, white dial, two pierced brass cloud-form panels and brass ogee feet. Entered together with a Regency mahogany wall bracket, it fetched £3600.

Among the ceramics, there was interest from an American phone bidder in an eight-lot entry of Beswick but the relative weakness of the dollar and strength of British enthusiasm saw them all go to UK bidders.

Top seller was a 9 1/2in (24cm) high Gamecock, no.205, which doubled expectations at £750.