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Lively in Lewes and Crewkerne

English furniture helps East Sussex saleroom over £1m mark while settee shines in Somerset

With impressive bids from UK, Continental and US buyers on lots from paperweights and 17th century oak carvings to snuff boxes, and surprisingly high bids on fine English furniture, the Autumn Fine Sale at Gorringe’s (21% buyer’s premium) topped the £1m hammer mark.

Excellent in itself, the result left the question as to whether this was a case of a number of high-sellers distorting the total – the familiar ‘best and the rest’ syndrome – or an encouraging sign for the market generally.

“The best is strong but we did feel a slight lift in all-round enthusiasm – with the glaring exception being almost anything Victorian,” said Lewes auctioneer Clifford Lansberry after 74% of the 1250 lots got away on September 26.

Lansberry is not given to over-optimistic hype and his ‘slight lift’ view may be seen as one which can colour opinions of some in the trade.

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