An 8ft (2.44m) tall, late 18th or early 19th century example in the manner of Chippendale led the Flaxley Abbey mirrors, selling to an Asian bidder at £26,000 against a £6000-8000 estimate.
Other Flaxley lots going to UK buyers included a c.1750 pair of 5ft 1in (1.55m) tall ‘tabernacle frames’ in the manner of Matthias Lock (£24,000) and a late 17th century, 4ft 9in (1.46m) tall giltwood mirror featuring a Dutch royal crown surrounded by triumphant putti and symbols of war (£17,000).
The best-selling mirrors came from Chilham Castle: a matched pair of c.1685 kingwood oyster veneered mirrors in the manner of Thomas Pistor, one pictured above.
Unusually large for the period – one measuring 4ft 3in x 3ft 3in (1.3 x 1m), the other marginally smaller – they featured bevelled Vauxhall plates and moulded kingwood parquetry frames.
Commissioned during the 1670-78 rebuilding at Chirk Castle, Wrexham, they took £30,000 at Christie’s Chirk contents sale in 2004. At Dreweatts they made £38,000.