The c.1900 Charles Wileman Foley cat which fetched £2300 at Bamfords.

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Although the privately consigned table, which extended to 9ft 2in (2.8m), needed considerable work, its size and colour saw it contested by the trade on ten telephones before it sold at £10,500.

While there were few blockbusters in this sizeable outing that totalled £184,600, private consignments helped ensure 75 per cent of lots found buyers.

A sign that dealers were looking to buy for stock were the prices realised for several re-entered furniture lots including a c.1860 Victorian walnut and marquetry octagonal breakfast table. Having failed to sell in June at £1500, this time round it was estimated at £600-1000 but fetched £2600 from the trade.

Elsewhere, a 10-lot private collection of 1960s/'70s Royal Worcester fetched £20,000 to give a welcome fillip to the ceramic section.

More notable among the earlier works was a Charles Wileman Foley Intarsio Gallé-style cat designed by Frederick Rhead.

Seated upright with green glass eyes and a knowing smile, the c.1900 yellow and green feline was in good condition apart from a chip to one ear. It generated overseas and local interest and sold in the room at £2300.

A sizeable 14in (36cm) tall Troika lamp base took £860 from a collector and £2500 secured for the trade a set of five Doulton Lambeth Merry Musician figures by George Tinworth.

One of the most eclectic entries was a pair of early 20th century German carved softwood Roman figures that would once have adorned a fairground organ. They fetched £1800.