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The August 25 sales comprised the collection’s 20 or so best-quality clocks and they all sold to a mixture of collectors and specialist dealers.

Foremost was a 19th century Tompion-style bracket clock in an ebonised case which took £1800 from a private buyer while a collector bid £900 for an unusual mid-19th century oak bracket clock signed C.J. Klaftenberger, 157 Regent Street, London.

Klaftenberger was the vice-president of the British Horological Institute at the time.

There was also sizeable private dispersal of 20th century studio pottery from a local collection including works by Bernard Leach, Bennett Cooper and Hamada.

All bar one of the 30 lots found buyers with specialist dealers securing the lion’s share of entries including a c.1962 Lucie Rie conical porcelain bowl with an elliptical rim. Standing just 2 3/4in (7cm) high, it topped the collection when it sold at £1000.