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The Paris trade swarm down to Dijon whenever they sense a bargain, and there was plenty of interest at Vregille-Bizoüard in a pair of elegant but unstamped Louis XV marquetry encoignures that quadrupled estimate on Fr175,000 (£16,200), outselling a more sober Louis XVI pair in mahogany, stamped Garnier, that merely doubled hopes on Fr137,000 (£12,700).

Biggest surprise at the sale was the Fr198,000 (£18,300), against a £400 estimate, paid for a rustic, sturdy 18th century dining or ‘community’ table, while a pair of late 19th century wooden jardinières, embellished with enamelled troubadour plaques and gilded metal corner colonettes, shot ten times past a hesitant estimate to Fr72,000 (£6700).

Top price at Philippe Sadde’s sale in Dijon the same day was Fr265,000 (£24,500) for an early 17th century panelled Vue des Abords de Rome Animée de Bergers et leurs Troupeaux, 10 x 14in (25.5 x 35.5cm), by Willem van Nieulandt.

Exchange rate: £1 = Fr10.8