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Standard pieces sold steadily rather than spectacularly with the top price of the day, outside the pictures, coming on a 5ft 8in (1.72m) wide Georgian mahogany and satinwood-banded breakfront sideboard.

With a central frieze drawer flanked by two bowed drawers and one deep bowed drawer, it had the added attraction of a raised gallery with brass rail and uprights and sold at a mid-estimate £2500. Other furniture bids contributing to the day’s £92,000 total included £1700 on a pair of Edwardian painted mahogany display cabinets with astragal glazed doors; £1550 on an 18th century enclosed oak dresser with later additions, and £1500 on a George III mahogany and crossbanded chest of drawers.

Ceramics made up the biggest section of the sale and included some dependable collectors’ favourites.

Best seller was a Royal Doulton character jug of the Hatless Drake (D6115) designed by Harry Fenton in 1940, Estimated at £500-700 the 6in (15cm) jug sold at £1600.

Clarice Cliff was best represented by a 6 1/2in (16.5cm) Bizarre coffee jug in the Pastel Autumn pattern which made £340. Best of the Beswick was a 12in (30.5cm) wall plaque of a woman with a green and gold necklace (No. 436) which took £200.