This small 6in (15cm) object made of gourd, ivory and pierced tortoiseshell would have originally housed crickets in 18th century China.

Keeping crickets as domestic pets emerged in early antiquity. They were kept for their song, which resonated through the pierced cover of the cage.

Estimated at £150-180, it is one of two included inRichard Winterton's November 1 sale in Lichfield.

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