Apulian volute krater – $18,000 (£13,845) at Skinner.

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In storage for over two decades, they had been consigned from a New York City estate that also provided the auction with a slice of its Wedgwood ceramics.

A range of vessels such as amphorae, kylix, oinochoe and kraters with painted decoration was on offer. Much of the ancient pottery in this property was south Italian (Apulian) in origin.

It included the most expensive piece, a 22¾in (58cm) high red figure volute krater from c.340-330BC that had been detached in two pieces at an old restoration as well as having other reassembled and restored areas.

The decoration consisted of a youth seated holding a spear and a wreath to one side and to the other a large profiled female head. It sold for $18,000 (£13,845) against a $7000-10,000 guide at the auction on December 9.

Among the pieces of Attic pottery the most expensive item was a 15½in (39cm) high black-figure amphora dated to c.500-480BC.

It was painted with Hercules in combat and depicted three warriors to one side and a scene from the Trojan war with three Hoplites in combat to the other.

This too had a $7000-10,000 guide and realised $16,000 (£12,310).

Plenty of other opportunities to buy pieces in the lower four-figure bracket were available in the sale, such as an Apulian oinochoe dating from c.350BC.

The 12¾in (32cm) high vessel, painted with a winged Eros bringing gifts to a bride and groom, sold at the lower end of its $2000-3000 guide for $2200 (£1690).

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