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That said, the day's top seller was a London-made piece which went to a European dealer. It was, however, consigned by a private Irish vendor.

This was an early 19th century Cary's terrestrial globe, standing 4ft 2in (1.27m) high on its inlaid mahogany frame with a tripod base fitted with a compass.

Cary's established their top-rank reputation from virtually the start of the globe-making business, which began with a terrestrial example in 1791, and they remain widely sought.

This example in good condition topped its upper estimate selling over the phone at €21,000 (£14,895).

Appealing to the home market was an inlaid satinwood display cabinet by Dublin maker James Hicks, who specialised in finely veneered Georgian-style furniture.

This quality cabinet. dating to c.1914, had a radial veneered top inlaid with delicately meandering foliage bordered by foliate scrolls and rosettes.

The 5ft 3in x 22in x 3ft 11in (1.6m x 56cm x 91cm) cabinet sold to an Irish institution just shy of its lower estimate at €18,000 (£12,765).

More of a surprise for the auctioneers was the bidding on a mahogany rectangular silver table, measuring 2ft 4 3/4in by 17 3/4in (73cm x 45cm), with a shaped apron and slender cabriole legs.

Catalogued as Georgian-style and estimated at accordingly at €400-600, it was believed by the Irish trade to be the genuine article and dealers pursued it to €6400 (£4540).

The Irish trade also bid the requisite €10,000 (£7090) for an 8ft 9in (2.67m) wide robust Irish William IV mahogany serving table with sturdy cabriole supports, carved knees and lion paw terminals.

A more elegant, and, at 6ft 1 1/2in (1.87m) wide, smaller, Irish George IV mahogany serving table was a private buy at €8900 (£6310).

Also appealing to Irish collectors was a handsome George III mahogany brass-bound circular peat bucket with a slatted body. Its quality ensured it topped its estimate, and it duly sold to a private bidder at €6500 (£4610).

"Around 70 per cent of our business relies on local private Irish vendors and buyers," said Adam's specialist Jane Beattie, and it was private bidders and Irish dealers who took the lion's share of the Irish furniture.

However, the market is stronger in the UK for flamboyant pieces of quality Continental furniture and a London dealer bid €9600 (£6810) to secure a highly decorative pair of 19th century, 2ft 1 1/2in (62cm) wide, French ebony and gilt brass display cabinets on ormolu stands.

London trade buys also included a 19th century French kingwood and marquetry bonheur du jour that realised €4000 (£2835) and a late 19th century Art Nouveau-style inlaid pale mahogany display cabinet that fetched €3200 (£2270), while the decorative appeal of a pretty, early 19th century Irish cut glass oval mirror bordered by clear glass studs generated interest from several parties selling at €7400 (£5250).