A 19th/early 20th century totem pole brightly painted and carved with a beaver, a bear, a whale and a surmounted eagle with outspread wings is to go under the hammer at Duke’s of Dorchester in Dorset on February 14.

Thought to be made by the Haida people indigenous to the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America, the 2ft 7in (79cm) piece was probably acquired by the grandfather of the vendor, John Allen Hughes (b.1887), a wealthy entrepreneur and collector who travelled extensively in Canada and the USA during the 1920s.

Estimate £5000-10,000.

Contact: 01305 265 080.