Hans J Wegner Peacock chair – €30,000 (£25,210) at Schops Turowski.

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He adapted the form of the original, using the flattened wooden slats on the back of the chair to create a distinctive form, reminiscent of the display of the exotic bird.

In 1953, he decided to upgrade the chair and developed an upholstered version, which he first presented at the Cabinetmakers Guild Exhibition in Copenhagen of that year.

Although the oak chair with its leather back, armrests and fabric covering was much admired, the production proved to be difficult and expensive. As a result, only few such lounge chairs were actually made.

One of them came up for sale at Schops Turowski (24% buyer’s premium) in Krefeld on May 7 with a starting price of €5000. After extensive bidding, a Scandinavian collector saw off his competitors at €30,000 (£25,210).

Müller punch bowl

The starting price of €1800 for a rare punch bowl, made of nickelplated metal and glass by the German designer Karl Müller in Burg Giebichenstein also left the bidders plenty of scope. Until now, only one other example of this design from 1928 was known and that is in a Munich museum.

The hammer fell at €15,500 (£13,025); the successful bidder was a German collector.