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A significant number of the lots were those featured in Edouard Launert’s 1999 book Perfume and Pomanders: Scent and Scent Bottles through the Ages.

Together, across sales on December 14 and January 25, more than 80 lots made from silver, glass, enamel, porcelain and rock crystal were sold for a total of £47,000.

A number of these pieces have cross-over collecting appeal to enthusiasts of English porcelain ‘toys’ and objects of vertu.

The top price in December was the £3400 paid for the 2¾in (7cm) bottle c.1755 modelled as a striped cat pursuing two turtledoves up a tree with a seal of a prancing horse and angel to the base. In a shaped leather case, the bottle, was estimated at a modest £250-500.

A 3in (8cm) Chelsea porcelain bottle inscribed Eau de Senteur with a gold bird stopper, c.1755, took £1600 while a Coalport leaf-shaped bottle with butterfly stopper c.1800 sold at £750.