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‘Femme au Coquillage’, a bronze figure by A Allar sold by Hickmet Fine Arts at Winter Olympia.

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Held on the gallery level of Olympia’s National Hall in west London from October 30-November 4, it ran above the Spirit of Christmas Fair. Both are organised by Clarion Events.

Art Nouveau produced strong results early on. Hickmet Fine Arts sold a Chiparus bronze and ivory figure priced at £20,000 as well as a French bronze figure, Femme au Coquillage, by A Allar.

The c.1890 statue, 2ft 5in (73cm), depicted a seated nymph gazing at a large conch and was offered for just under £10,000.

Among the other early stand-out sales was a pair of gilt bronze Meiji okimonos offered by Steve Sly Japanese Art. Priced at £78,500, they sold within the first hour to a UK collector of Japanese art.

An Epstein cloud suite of a sofa and two armchairs sold from the stand of Jeroen Markies Art Deco for £13,000.

The future of Winter Olympia was in question after it was cancelled in its previous format last year, prompting the shift to the gallery level.

Organisers and dealers hoped that the proximity to the Christmas event would encourage new buyers to visit the antiques upstairs. Several dealers confirmed that visitors from downstairs had bought items, particularly those at lower values, by the Wednesday of the fair.