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In Search of the Aesthetic: Two International Private Collections is the title of an auction of European sculpture and works of art at Dreweatts in Donnington Priory, Berkshire, on October 17.

Comprising 200 lots from the properties of a London apartment and a ‘connoisseur’, the sale incorporates European furniture, clocks, British and European ceramics and glass, Chinese ceramics and works of art, silver and decorative arts, pictures and scientific instruments.

This pair of 19in (48cm) high parcel gilt and patinated bronze vases in the Neo-Grec taste, above, were designed by Ferdinand Barbedienne and cast in c.1875 by bronzier Ferdinand Levillain. Estimate £5000-8000.

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Harry Moore-Gwyn’s biannual pictures and prints auction will take place on October 17 in West Kensington at 25 Blythe Road, offering works ranging from the 16th to the 21st century.

One highlight is a large 2ft 7in x 3ft 8in (79cm x 1.12m) oil painting of the Campo dell’ Arsenale in Venice, which was sold at Christie’s during the First World War. The painting is based on an original engraving by Michele Marieschi (1710-43) from the series called Magnificentiores Selectioresque Urbis Venetiarum Prospectus.

The auction house says the painting was probably completed by a follower who was “closely familiar” with both the etching and a similar work by Marieschi’s pupil Albotto.

Consigned from a private collection in Scandinavia, it is guided at £6000-8000.

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These porcelain ‘Snowman’-type horses above date from the earliest years of the short-lived Staffordshire factory, Longton Hall.

The 7in (18.5cm) long pair of white glazed reclining horses were probably made between 1750-52. Together they are estimated at £5000-8000 in a sale of English and European ceramics and glass at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on October 16.

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