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As well as being signed by one of Japan’s most celebrated Satsuma makers, the 8 1/4in (21cm) diameter plates were in good condition and depicted the commercial subject matter of informal groups of bijin and their children. Although recent demand has been patchy for Japanese-taste porcelain such as kakiemon, this decorative set ticked all the boxes and took £3600 from a West Country specialist dealer.

The London trade secured most of the remaining top pieces including the skilfully carved bamboo piece showing scholars on a pine-clad mountain. The 10 1/4in (26cm) piece sold at £2600.

Occidental material going to London included a George III mahogany tip-top wine table, possibly Irish, which took £5200 while a private buyer went to £4500 to secure a George III walnut bracket clock in ready-to-go condition.