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Shown right is one side of a Victorian double-sided dummy board painted with a contented tabby – to the other is a rearing spitting tom. Estimated at £200-300, the 8in (20cm) high piece went to the London trade at £1800.

Bottom Right: another
predictable favourite feline was this Roman micro mosaic panel of a white kitten wearing a blue
ribbon which also improved upon lowly expectations to sell at £4000. Measuring 61/2 x 5in (16.5 x 12cm) this hardstone equivalent of a Henriette Ronner was inscribed Rev. Fabbrica di S. Pietro in Vaticano Studio del Musaico. Numero d’Ordine 1906, Prezzo Lire 200 Nome dell’ artisa Simonetto, Oggetto un Gatto Bianco.