Edo period Imari porcelain bijin c.1700, £3000 at David Duggleby.

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Depictions of bijin, or beautiful ladies, were popular in Japan at this time and it is thought these figures were made for the both the home and the export market. They appear in a number of sizes with this one unusually large at 2ft 1in (63cm) tall.

At David Duggleby (22% buyer’s premium) in Scarborough on September 16 it took £3000 (estimated at £200-300) from a bidder using


A 19th century Italian micromosaic plaque, £12,000 at David Duggleby.

The most fiercely contested lot in this Country House sale was an Italian micromosaic plaque.

Finely worked on a 3in (7cm) copper roundel, the scene depicts Heracles capturing the Cretan Bull. A top-drawer example in the manner of Luigi Podio (fl.1851-88), the mosaicist for jeweller Castellani, it took £12,000 (estimate £600-800).