Italian 19th century pier mirror – £16,500 at Fellows.

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At 6ft 9in (2.07m) tall with a carved pierced foliate-scrolled giltwood frame decorated with birds, swags and cherubs, it was a large and good-quality example in the revivalist taste.

It had suffered over the years. The foxing to the plate was a positive (an original glass is placed at a premium) but heavy wear to the gilding and splits and losses to the frame would require attention.

However, no fewer than 75 bids were placed – attracted by the £500-800 estimate – and it eventually sold at £16,500.

The sale took place on January 25.