Last week was a busy one for glass and ceramics in the London rooms with five auctions taking place over the space of 48 hours and some bullish prices for top pieces.

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The 1896 plaque that set a record for a piece of English cameo glass – £140,000 at Bonhams.

Bonhams held two dedicated glass auctions, on May 1 and 2, the first producing a new auction high for a piece of English cameo glass when they obtained £140,000 (plus premium) for Thomas and George Woodall's 17in (43cm) diameter plaque of 1896, carved with a scene of two cupids and a maiden titled The Attack.

The next day they topped this with £230,000 for a c.1700 engraved Silesian goblet by Friedrich Winter.

Also on May 1  Sotheby's were selling a large collection of Meissen animal figures and a selection of furnishings from the collection of Sir Gawaine and Lady Baillie.

At that sale a large, 19in (48.5cm) high, white Meissen figure of a snuff-taking monkey of c.1732 from the Japanese Palace in Dresden realised £680,000 (plus premium).