The top selling Troika offering at Mitchells, this Anvil vase sold at £1050.

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However, what caught the eye was a collection of pieces from the other end of the country - some 46 lots of both St Ives and Newlyn Troika pottery.

Top seller at a mid-estimate £1050 was an 8 1/2in (21.5cm) Anvil vase with the initials C.P. and Troika Cornwall to the base.

It was followed at an above-estimate £1000 by a 7in square (18cm) white ware vase with three openings to the top, while an early St Ives period piece, a 6 1/2in (16.5cm) urn vase with a central band of floral decoration took a mid-estimate £480.

The locally made furniture star was a James II Westmorland oak court cupboard. Profusely carved with Celtic scrolls and the date 1685 to the frieze, it had undergone some "sympathetic repairs" and went comfortably over estimate at £2900.

Other furniture bids included £2400 on a pair of 16in (41cm) wide Victorian walnut pedestal cupboards with fronts modelled as four drawers; £1800 on a 19th century Italian ebonised and ivory inlaid cabinet; and £1700 on a late Victorian carved oak library bookcase. The expected horology star, a late 19th century mahogany longcase inscribed Maples & Co. Ltd., London, failed to get away on the day against hopes of £5000-8000. The top clock slot went to an early 19th century mahogany and walnut marquetry longcase.

Standing 7ft 7in (2.31m) tall, it had a 14in (35.5cm) square dial painted to the arch with fishermen mending nets. Signed C.B. Mazzuchi to the eight-day striking movement, the clock took £2400 against hopes of £1800.