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In the form of a brooch depicting
a recumbent dog with two birds, it
had been bought by the vendor the previous week for £1 at a local car boot sale.The fortunate buyer had no real idea of what it was, other than a feeling it was worth more than £1. As it was Italian in origin and in excellent condition, that feeling was accurate. The brooch sold to a Bath dealer at £1250.

Back in the mainstream, good-quality furniture was the strong point of the 1650-lot sale, in particular, an 18th century mahogany foldover top tea table and a George III mahogany serpentine chest.

The 2ft 6in (76cm) wide table with turret-shaped corners and cabriole legs with acanthus carved details to the front pair was expected to bring £2500-4000 but a private bidder took it at £5100.

The 3ft 9in (1.14m) wide serpentine chest with a crossbanded and string inlay above four long drawers was another private buy at £4000.

Other furniture included a Georgian-style breakfront secretaire bookcase with three pairs of panelled doors to the lower section and fall front enclosing a fitted interior to the upper which sold at £2800.

Mirrors were in noticeable demand.
A 19th century rectangular plate in geometrically decorated gesso frame sold at £1950 and a pair of mid-19th century plasterwork oval wall mirrors with a floral, acanthus and C-scroll border brought £1080.

Wotton Auction Rooms,
Wotton-Under-Edge, June 12-13
Buyer’s premium: 10 per cent