Regency giltwood and ebonised convex wall mirror in the manner of Thomas Hope – £12,500 at Toovey’s.

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These come for sale with some frequency, but this example was a good size at 4ft 7in (1.38m) high and of note for its design that was close to the work of Dutch and British interior decorator Thomas Hope (1769-1831).

Particularly admired was the apron with its central mask head issuing winged leopard heads. Detailed photographs supplied by the auction house, based in Washington, West Sussex, suggested it will need some significant restoration before it is returned to its former glory.