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This interior view of a woman standing in a doorway, dated 1890, by Belle Epoque artist Albert de Belleroche, sold for £30,000 at Sworders.

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A 2ft 4in x 18in (71 x 45cm) interior view of a woman standing in a doorway, dated 1890, overshot its £1500-2000 estimate to contribute £30,000 to the 650-lot sale in Stansted Mountfitchet on March 13.

The oil had come to Sworders via a valuation day in Hertford. The Welsh-born Belleroche was a close friend and studio mate of John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) and, like him, made a name depicting women.

According to the Art Sales Index, the previous record stood at £10,500 for a painting depicting the daughters of minor American painter Edward Boit (a subject Sargent also painted), which sold at Bonhams Knightsbridge in 2008.