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The 7ft 4in (2.24m) long sofa, with dipped back, scroll ends, cable twist panels and lion’s paw feet required considerable work on its parcel-gilt, ebonised frame and its upholstery but it was was in original condition and decorative.

As such, it attracted interest from several members of the trade selling to a Sussex dealer at £4700.

From the auctioneer’s viewpoint, a more understandable bid was tendered for a pair of gilt metal and bronzed French Empire classical five-light candelabra with winged female figure stems.

Consigned from the same private source as the settee, and a good size at 2ft 3in (68cm) high, they sold on the telephone at £2100.

Elsewhere, a small six-lot private consignment of oak furniture with good patina also found favour, this time from a group of specialist oak dealers.

An early 18th century oak bureau fetched £1000, an oak side table of a similar date realised £1600 and a small six-plank oak coffer brought £820.

Overall, the 1074-lot, East Sussex outing realised £93,000.