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Such items can fall between two stools rather than have crossover appeal, but the combination of Cartier and Deco was a winning one and it sold at £10,000 to a collector in the rooms against a dealer on the phone.

Another combination almost guaranteed to sell was a George Tinworth/Doulton Lambeth piece.

This 19th century stoneware menu holder modelled as a boy reading a book, monogrammed by Tinworth and with impressed marks to base, was in fine condition bar a minor firing fault to the right-hand arm.

Against a £300-500 estimate, it sold at £2200.