18th century commode, sold for £6800 at Dawsons.

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The 4ft 2in (1.26m) wide olivewood and walnut parquetry-decorated piece was catalogued as ‘probably Maltese’ and estimated at £400-600.

It had replacement handles and some chips to the veneer but the link was good enough for strong Maltese interest and it sold to ‘an overseas buyer’.