Charles II joined oak back stools – £4800 at Tennants.

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They all had typical condition issues such as splits and replacements but sold to a private bidder at £4800.

Other encouraging furniture results at the Dales saleroom on April 23 included a satinwood and polychrome painted Carlton House-style desk decorated in the neo-classical style with oval portraits, floral sprays and ribbons.

Undated in the catalogue, it had some general bruising and crazing to the paintwork indicating some age (reproductions of the original 18th century design were great favourites in the Edwardian era) and went comfortably above expectations to a private bidder at £4500.


Panelled oak canopy-top bedstead – £4000 at Tennants.

Also undated, because of later editions to the basic 18th century elements, was a panelled oak canopy-top bedstead with geometric moulded panels and applied figural heads and Yorkshire roses.

The 7ft (2.13m) long and high bed had numerous splits and gaps throughout the canopy and turned posts but doubled the mid-estimate, selling to a UK dealer £4000.

Strong market

Ceramics among the 596 lots on offer – 88% of which sold for a total of £295,000 – highlighted the current strong market for fruit-decorated Royal Worcester.

Modern pieces by Derrick Shinnie and John Reed each tripled the mid estimates.

Catalogued as second half of the 20th century, Shinnie’s signed 9½in (24cm) long ovoid teapot painted with fruit on a mossy bank sold at £2600 and a set of six similarly painted 10½in (27cm) diameter dinner plates by Reed went for £3500.

A classic 14in (36cm) tall baluster vase and cover painted in 1911 by John Stinton with his trademark Highland cattle had been reglued to the pedestal at some point. It went above estimate at £2000.