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Pictured are a James I flagon with ball-knopped bun lid, erect beaded thumbpiece and ovolo moulded foot, 111/2in (29cm) high. Among the highlights of the Oak sale conducted by Bonhams Chester on January 12, it was knocked down in the middle of expectations at £4600 (plus 17.5 per cent buyer's premium).

The 201/4in (51cm) diameter Charles II charger also pictured was among the outstanding lots offered by Salisbury's Woolley & Wallis as part of their traditional New Year sale of English and Continental furniture and works of art on January 10. Decorated to the wide rim with wrigglework oak leaves and acorns, to the centre is a large armorial for the Luwkor family and the initials L over RM. The tough marks to the rim are a fleur-de-lys, a leopard's head and a lion passant, and an unrecorded mark of an eagle is struck to the reverse.

Despite a 3in (7.5cm) split to the rim, it was pursued past its £2000-3000 estimate to realise £12,000 (plus 15 per cent buyer's premium).