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Last year, for example, Richard Winterton’s (15% buyer's premium) sold two of the coveted large ‘wheel’ vases by St Ives’s finest sold for over £800 each and – if not so monumental – the two items on offer in their January 21 sale were no less distinctive.

A 6in (15cm) high spice jar with blue textured decoration by Alison Brigden sold over the estimate for £120 while a small wheel vase, 5in (12cm) high with geometric decoration and the monogram for Ann Lewis sold at £140.

The theme of this 300-lot sale was oak and country furniture and one of the higher prices of the day was tendered for a George III oak longcase with a 30-hour striking movement and a Roman dial signed Holliwell, Derby. It made £1000, preceded at £1050 by an early Victorian 30-hour clock, again in oak, with a painted dial signed Farmer’s Stockton.

Arts and Crafts furniture also found favour with bids of £420 and £1000 for early 20th century sideboards in the Liberty style. The first had a mirror back flanked by carved stylised floral motifs, the second included lead-glazed cupboards and blacksmith-made hinges and escutcheons to both the upper and lower sections.