Brightwells, Leominster, January 12-13 Buyer’s premium: 15 per cent Illuminating this 900-lot Hereford-shire sale was the English brass candlestick featured on the front page of ATG No.1675, February 5, which was taken to £4600 in the confident belief it was a period 16th century example.

However, also worth noting was the steady interest in furniture with obvious decorative features such as inlay, painting and marquetry.

Typical of the current taste for eye-catching furniture was a 19th century floral marquetry bureau. Its interior was set with elegant, shaped pigeonholes and cupboards and it had a three-drawer serpentine base. With a good colour and in decent condition, it fetched £2350. The best selling piece of furniture was a late 19th century Sheraton Revival satinwood and mahogany crossbanded bureau bookcase. With the added attraction of a tambour cylinder front enclosing a marquetry panelled two-door cupboard, pigeonholes, drawers and a writing slide, it sold at £3300.

A Regency mahogany secretaire bookcase with a stylish scroll surmount realised £2700.

An example of decorative furniture selling well was a 2ft 2in (66cm) wide, 19th century Continental inlaid marquetry chest of drawers which fetched £680.

Adding an unusual note, so to speak, was a pair of ceremonial trumpets used at the Anglesey Assizes in 1902 that attracted the interest of several parties, selling at £320.