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The collection was mostly assembled from French dealers and European auction houses and the 284 lots in the live auction encompass French and European furniture, carpets, textiles, decorative objects, silver, ceramics and Russian works of art.

The silver will include a pair of 5¾in (14.5 cm) diameter silver-gilt wine coasters, with pierced trellis sides, marked for Benjamin Smith, London 1823 and with a gross weight of 36oz. They have an estimate of $7000-10,000.

Among the textiles is this group of 17 French velvet and metal thread embroidered circular gaming purses used to hold counters or coins won in card games. Of various sizes, some with coats of arms, the majority date from the 18th century.

They are offered together with an 8in (20cm) embroidered satchel and have an estimate of $10,000-15,000.

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