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This example offered at auction in February, was catalogued as "a French papier-mâché growling bulldog with glass eyes, possibly by Roullet Et Decamp, circa 1900, 16in" and sold for £750 plus commission.

However, upon receipt of the item the buyer quickly identified it as a clever but recent reproduction. The auctioneers were happy to provide a full refund of the sale price.

Bidders are advised to take a closer look at other examples that appear for sale.