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This 9in (23cm) gilt bronze and favrile glass ‘turtleback’ inkstand was made by the Tiffany Studios of New York c.1905.

It was a gift from the British peeress Lady Mary Victoria Curzon, Baroness Curzon of Kedleston, to a servant shortly before she died aged 36 in 1906.

It has come by descent for sale at Holloway’s in Banbury on October 29 with an estimate of £15,000-20,000.

Roseberys’ sale of Islamic & Indian Art in West Norwood, south London, on October 22 will be led by this 5in (13cm) 3600-year-old Egyptian blue faience hippopotamus figurine.

Dated to the Middle Kingdom or Second Intermediate Period, it shares similarities with other figurines found in several international museums including William, the famous faience hippo in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art who serves as the museum’s informal mascot.

On offer with a £15,000-20,000 estimate, the piece was first recorded in the Adda family collection formed in the 1920s-30s. It passed by descent and now forms part of a consignment of nearly 100 lots from ‘the property of a lady’.