Sèvres jug and basin – €27,000 (£24,545) at Peschetau-Badin.

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It chalked up a premium-inclusive total of just over €590,000 at Drouot on January 28-29 with 80% of the lots finding buyers.

Among the top-priced entries at €27,000 (£24,545) was a Sèvres soft paste jug and basin with factory marks and date letter for 1757 decorated with floral reserves on a green ground.

The set, which measures 7¼in (18.5cm) in height and 12in (32cm) in length, had an early English provenance. It is recorded by the factory as having been purchased along with other pieces of Sèvres by Lazare Duvaux on December 24, 1757, for sale to Mylord Bolingbroke (Frederick St John, 2nd Viscount Bolingbroke of Lydiard Park, Wiltshire).

Bottle cooler

A 7½in (19cm) high early 18th century two-handled Chantilly bottle cooler sold for €9000 (£8180).

Like many pieces produced in this factory, its decoration was inspired by Kakiemon porcelain, a design in this instance based in part on an engraving by Jean Antoine Fraisse from his Livre de desseins chinois tirés d’après des originaux de Perse, des Indes, de la Chine et du Japon of 1735.


A large French faience bust of Louis XV – €20,000 (£18,180) at Peschetau-Badin.

Among the lots offered on the second day, one of the highest prices was paid for a substantial 20in (52cm) high white-glazed French faience bust of Louis XV dressed in armour attributed to the factory of Pont-aux-Choux or Lunéville. It sold for €20,000 (£18,180).

Seated magot


Italian Cozzi factory figure of a magot – €6500 (£5910) at Peschetau-Badin.

Among the ceramics from other European factories was a decorative 6¼in (16cm) high 18th century polychrome enamelled porcelain figure of a seated magot from the Venetian Cozzi factory.

Not in the best condition, being broken into several pieces and with chips and a restuck hand, the estimate was set at €1200-1500 but it ended up selling for €6500 (£5910).