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A first edition of the sumptuous record of the triumphal Entrée de Henri II à Rouen, a 1551 quarto volume printed in Rouen with 26 illustrations (five double-page, see right) showing Henri II and his queen Catherine de Medici enjoying their own Norman conquest, sold over estimate for Fr66,000 (£6400).

The south Norman lacemaking centre of Alençon saw a late 19th century Persian Bijar flower-patterned blue carpet, 24 x 14ft (6.8 x 4.2m), its principal border featuring clouds and stylised crabs on an emerald field, race to Fr228,000 (£22,100) on January 14.

An unstamped two-drawered, marble-topped Louis XV commode, with geometric marquetry, seemed to confirm its attribution to Hache by soaring to Fr525,000 (£51,000), five times estimate, in Honfleur on January 28. Further west around the Normandy coast, a Louis XVI mahogany bureau à cylindre stamped Levasseur, once owned by Revolutionary luminary Abbé Sieyès, made Fr207,000 (£20,100) in Granville on January 28.

A limestone bas-relief, 21in x 2ft 2in (53 x 65cm), from the New Kingdom (late 18th or early 19th Dynasty) and once in the Jeffries Ayman Collection, with traces of dark red colouring and showing two priests – one holding a book, the other with arms raised skyward – sold over estimate for Fr57,000 (£5500) in Sens on January 20.

A carved Mitsogho reliquary figure from Gabon, 14in (35cm) tall, with shiny patina, two plaits ending in metal rings, a beaten copper triangle applied to the forehead, and an elongated neck with two metallic necklaces, zoomed to Fr580,000 (£56,300) – six times estimate – in Compiègne on January 27, helped by an illustrious provenance: it once belonged to the Nourhan Manoukian Collection.

Exchange rate: £1 = Fr10.3