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‘Do not crush’ – the spoils of war

29 November 2010Written by ATG Reporter

THIS exceptional Napoleonic French prisoner of war model proved the highlight of the latest sale conducted by Clevedon Salerooms, near Bristol.

Measuring 7in (18cm) high, the bone and straw-work automaton which included nine figures and an elaborate network of finely carved and pierced cogs, was brought in on a valuation day in a box by a gentleman who had kept it in the loft for 30 years in a cardboard box labelled 'do not crush'.

Multiple bidders responded to its complexity, subject matter and its remarkable condition: it retained much of its original colour and the straw-work platforms were perfectly preserved.

Estimated at £1500-2500 on November 25, it sold for £19,000 (plus 19 per cent buyer's premium) to a private collector.

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