ELR, Sheffield, December 10, Buyer’s premium: 15 per cent Changing fashion was the talking point at ELR’s recent quarterly antiques sale. While the market for traditional furniture remains difficult, collectable names from the 20th century were in high demand.

The Blue Chintz pattern is not the most stylish of Clarice Cliff designs but a conical sugar sifter in this decoration was contested to £440 while a Moorcroft McIntyre fluted bowl, 8in (20cm) diameter, with the characteristic swags of pink roses and forget-me-nots of the Eighteenth Century pattern c.1908 took £390.

Estimated at a modest £80-120, a Minton majolica candlestick modelled with three putti as fissherman and hunters, 11in (28cm) high, sold at £440 but by far the surprise of the section was a large Troika slab vase with typical geometric decoration, 14in (35cm) high. This classic Newlyn period design sold in the saleroom against a telephone bidder at £800.

A sell-out section of militaria included a group of 19th century pressed copper and brass powder and shot flasks. Most were commonly-encountered designs but a novel flask modelled as a rifle butt sold for £220.

An 18th century oak longcase by Ross of Hull sold for £1800 but the top price of the day went to a fine Victorian mahogany wind-out dining table offered together with an open cabinet containing the extra leaves. Such functional favourites still find a market and this one sold at £3400.