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George III japanned chest on stand sold for £7000 at Chilcotts’ auction.

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Presumably the reception it received at the March 3 sale will bring more such quality pieces to the Devon rooms. Against a £1500-2000 estimate, the 4ft 6in (1.37m) wide chest sold to a West Country dealer at £7000.

Other results should have boosted the vendor’s confidence, such as a 19th century French kingwood and gilt-metal mounted marquetry serpentine commode sold for £5200 (estimate £600-800).