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With an eight-day movement by Asselin of London, a brass dial with pierced brass spandrels decorated with cherubs supporting a crown, and a walnut veneered case with a stepped cornice and fret carved pierced frieze with scrolling leaves and barley twist supports, it sold well above estimate at £5700.

An outside observer might have been forgiven for asking where the downturn was when 1930’s and Edwardian furniture could sell so well. The Art Deco walnut veneered dining room suite comprising a rectangular rounded-corner dining table, a set of eight (6 + 2) dining chairs with curved panelled backs and cream leather upholstered seats and a bow front sideboard. The suite went to a local private buyer for £4200.

An Edwardian mahogany sideboard, with satinwood banding and marquetry inlay of trailing flowers, leaves and griffin heads to the top above two wide centre drawers with brass ring handles flanked by a pair of cupboards, had seen some restoration but was in generally good condition. It sold to the trade at £4300.