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Bronzes dominated Horta’s (20% buyer’s premium) February 16-17 sale. Rodin’s famous Kiss, in a 16in (40cm), undated Barbedienne casting, tripled hopes with €96,000 (£66,200). A patinated bronze Marchand Tunisien by Emile Peynot, 22in (56cm) high, showing a seated Arab holding a gilded bronze rifle, sold on estimate at €12,000 (£8275), and a patinated bronze nude by Georges Morren, 10in (26cm) high, dated 1899, doubled estimate at €6500 (£4480).

A carved and patinated 18th century Italian console table, with a (later) green marble top, led the furniture on €14,000 (£9650), with an “English-influenced” mahogany cylinder-top bureau bookcase, c.1800, at an expected €6000 (£4140).

Several items of English furniture were to be found at the Galerie Moderne (20% buyer’s premium) on February 17-18, ranging from a late 17th century oak dresser at €1600 (£1100), to an oak tallboy, c.1800, at €1400 (£970), and a 19th century mahogany cylinder-top bureau at €1800 (£1240). A large, late Victorian, neo-Gothic three-doored display cabinet sold short of hopes for €3000 (£2070). Top lot was Antoine Bouvard’s early 20th century Canal à Venise, 20in x 2ft 2in (50 x 65cm, at a mid-estimate €12,500 (£8620).

Horta were back in action on February 18 with their annual Comic Strip sale. Top price of €9500 (£6550), double estimate, went to a single-sheet Indian ink Boule & Bill strip in Indian ink, signed Roba, advertising Kodak cameras. Local hero Tintin was the subject of a plaster bust by Pigeon, 20in (50cm) high, showing the intrepid reporter in a knotted handkerchief. “One of barely a few dozen in existence”, it sold short of hopes for €3200 (£2200). But a school text book (Paul-Leroy Beaulieu’s 1920 Précis d’Economie Politique) with ink and pencil notes and doodlings by George Rémi (Hergé), Tintin’s creator, soared to €7000 (£4830).

Figurative scenes by Franz Gaillard (1861-1932) attracted attention at the 546-lot Vanderkindere (20% buyer’s premium) sale on February 17-18 – notably two large, undated works, each 5ft 7in x 4ft 1in (1.70 x 1.25m), one showing Ladies Feeding Pigeons on St Mark’s Square in Venice, at €20,500 (£14,140), the other the Acropolis in Athens, at €19,000 (£13,100). His smaller Paysage Animé à Delphi, 3ft 3in x 2ft 6in (99 x 77cm), took €10,000 (£6900).

Top price at the sale, which was 80 per cent sold by lot, was the €45,000 (£31,000) paid for a painting of an unidentified saint by a 17th century follower of Ribera, 4ft 2in x 3ft 1in (1.27m x 94cm) in its original carved giltwood frame. A chiming longcase clock signed Paulus Bramer Amsterdam, 8ft 4in (2.53m) high, showing days of the week and moon phases, took €17,000 (£11,700).

Exchange rate: £1 = €1.45.