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The longcase market may be pretty flat at present but longcases still brought the biggest money.

A George III mahogany longcase by William Brownlie of Hamilton was the most expensive lot at £2500, while no doubt local interest helped an oak and mahogany longcase by Dulverton maker William Fisher to £1100.

The 576-lot fine art sale held on April 29 generated some meatier prices with feisty competition for three sets of Victorian measures ranging from imperial gallons to gills. Made by London Foundries and stamped Somerset County Council, the bell-metal measures totalled £5500 while a 1930s set of copper petrol measures realised £560.

Although there was little interest in routine mahogany furniture, a 17th century oak court cupboard fetched £3800 and a Portuguese table cabinet consigned by a Minehead vendor was knocked down at £3500.