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Johan Peter Molin’s (1814-73) Knife Wrestlers, or Baltesspannarna, was first exhibited in Paris in 1859, inspired by the 19th century revival of interest in Norse mythology.

This mid-19th century biscuit porcelain group, mounted on a classical plinth base, was made by Gustafsberg of Stockholm.

The 2ft 7in x 17in (80 x 43cm) work is estimated at £3000-5000 in a sale of furniture, works of art and clocks at Woolley & Wallis of Salisbury on January 9. It forms part of the second tranche of antiques from the collection of academic lawyer and QC Jeremy Lever.

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This first-edition copy of The Jungle Book forms part of a 50-strong collection of items by and relating to Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) at London books and manuscripts dealership Maggs.

This ‘near fine’ copy of the children’s classic was published by MacMillan & Co in 1894 with illustrations by John Lockwood Kipling, WH Drake and Paul Frenzeny. It is priced at £2750.

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