A large, gilt-copper altar statue of Amitayus, the Buddha of Infinite Life, on a lotus flower base, right, 3ft 2in (96cm) tall and hailing from Inner Mongolia/Dolonnor or China (c.1700), proved the main attraction at Nagel’s Asian Art sale in Stuttgart on November 10, selling for DM420,000 (£134,000).

A rare Imperial pale green-glazed Yongzheng vase, 51/4in (13.5cm) tall, also impressed with a multi-estimate DM210,000 (£67,000)
despite a hairline crack to the body.

A two-handled Daoguang yellow-ground famille rose vase, shown right, 101/4in (26cm) tall and with lotus-flower patterning with
stylised bats and peaches, was also
way over estimate as it climbed to
DM115,000 (£36,700) at Lempertz
(Cologne) on November 23.