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The 4ft 7in (1.40m) tall black japanned oak-cased clock with gilt chinoiserie decoration was made by the highly respected Norfolk maker James Calver of Diss and is recorded in Martin Gatto’s The Tavern Clock. It was pitched at £3000-4000.

Calver’s East Anglian connections – he was apprenticed to William Crisp of Wrentham, Suffolk in 1772 and worked in Diss until his death at 1809 – attracted interest from the area but the winning £7600 bid came over the phone from Cumbria.