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In the event, however, there were some decent prices, most notably for an early oak piece.

This was a 16th century oak coffer with a panelled top and iron escutcheons which sold at £3400.

Later pieces of quality also did well enough – a William IV mahogany hat and coat stand realised £1050; a George II mahogany brass-bound cooler fetched £1850 and George III D-end mahogany dining table sold at £2100.

The ceramic section was notable for a late 18th century Derby ice pail.

It was missing its lining but it was hand-painted with a floral decoration by William Billingsley and gilded by Joseph Staples which ensured it at least sold on its lower estimate at £2500.