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The 4¾in (12cm) tall wine cup, featuring three pierced scrolls and mythical beasts’ heads to the stem, went to the European trade at £8200.

The 5½in (13.5cm), 10oz bell by Cornelis De Haan, The Hague 1768, of conventional form and with a scroll motif to the handle, went at £6000.

Chosen as the front cover illustration to the catalogue was a 4in (10cm) long, 4oz Fabergé snail, probably the handle of a hardstone paperweight, bearing the workmaster’s mark of Henrik Wigstrom, St Petersburg, 1908-17, and import marks for London 1911. It sold to an overseas bidder at a top-estimate £4000.

Top piece from the Orient was a c.1900-20 four-piece tea set by Wang Hing, the adopted name of the highly regarded and prolific Canton maker.

Embossed with figures in landscapes, with simulated bamboo handles and ivory insulators, it was estimated at £700-900 and sold to the trade at £4800.