This spectacular pair of 19th century Meissen covered urns sailed past their top estimate of $15,000 to bring $175,000 (£114,400) at the sale held by Cottone Auctions in Geneseo, New York earlier this month.
Driving up the price (thought to be a record for 19th century Meissen) was the suggestion they had been made for a member of the Saxon royal house. They carried a coat of arms and portrait vignettes thought to represent Carola von Vasa (1833-1907), the Princess of Sweden and Queen of Saxony and her husband, King Albert (1828-1902).
The royal couple often gave Meissen objects as diplomatic gifts. Each urn stood 2ft 9in (84cm) high, with only some minor loss and repairs preventing them from realising even more. Bournemouth-based specialist dealer Laurence Mitchell described the urns that were sold on October 4-5 as "the finest vases of their type to come on the market for 25 years".
The buyer's premium was 15%.