A Louis XVI-style armoire reflecting others in a nine-piece bedroom suite – £16,500 at Trevanion & Dean.

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Top-seller was an extensive late-19th century, Louis XVI-style bedroom suite. Made in walnut and coromandel on an oak carcass, all nine pieces featured plentiful ormolu mounts that encouraged an attribution to the Paris revivalist Henry Dasson (1825-96).

The suite, including armoire, bed, dressing tables, side tables and chairs, was consigned from a house at Windsor where it had been since it was bought in Brighton in 1963 for £550 – about £11,000 in today’s money.

The private bid of £16,500 (estimate £4000-6000) meant the Brighton purchase was a better investment than cash put under the mattress.

More of a surprise for the same vendors, who provided a number of high-value lots, was the bidding on a Meissen nodding pagoda figure.

First produced in the 18th century, then in considerable numbers in the second half of the 19th century, the polychrome decorated figure at Whitchurch stood 12¼in (31cm) tall. In overall good condition (a chip to the neck, firing cracks and some wear to the enamel were imperfections), it sold at £5200 against a £400-600 estimate.