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The sale also included five works by Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer(1865-1953), but only one sold, Grenada (c.1900), a view of a brunette in a cape with snow-topped peaks behind, 19in x 2ft (47 x 61cm), for €90,000 (£60,000). An Etienne Dinet self-portrait went unsold but, as ever, his North African work was in high demand, with his sexy washerwomen, Jeunes Berbères Etendant le Linge en Bord de Rivière, 3ft 3in x 2ft 7in (1m x 80cm), rating a top-estimate €120,000 (£80,000).

Elsewhere, Renoir's small Jeune Fille à l'Arbre, 18 x 15in (46 x 38cm), pulled in €370,000 (£246,665) at Le Roux-Morel-Mathias (17.94-14.35% buyer's premium) on June 9; while outsize Old Masters were a feature of the Kohn Art (17.94% buyer's premium) sale on July 5. Among the six works to sell (from 60) were two Scènes Champêtres by Rosa di Tivoli, each 6ft 5in x 9ft 7in (1.96 x 2.92m), at €120,000 (£80,000), and an equally enormous Battle Scene by Frans Francken the Younger, 6ft 8in x 9ft 4in (2.02 x 2.85m), at €81,000 (£54,000).