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It sold on the telephone against a lot of interest in the room to bring £4070.

Mahogany extending dining tables were in demand as ever with a Victorian example bringing £3300. On a more humble note, a late 18th century housekeepers cupboard was secured at £1430.

There was also interest in the decorative arts and a pottery vase by one of Wedgwood's most famous 20th century designers Keith Murray realised £350.

And there was healthy bidding for the Middlesbrough pottery, Linthorpe, with a large pottery jardinière bringing £220, and a saucer dish decorated with clematis selling at £350.

Tennants Leyburn, March 17
Buyer's premium: 10 per cent