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Purchased by Mr and Mrs Evans in the late 1960s from the likes of Marchant, Spink and Moss, the collection has estimates ranging from around £100-30,000.

The sale's highlight is this 'chicken cup', a 3½ x 2in (9cm x 6cm) Chinese porcelain piece from the Yongzheng period.

Illustrated in Soame Jenyns's seminal work published in 1951, it is estimated at £20,000-30,000.

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