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Although there were no huge prices and the 415 entries averaged just over £250 a lot, the biggest money was paid for a Korean blue and white vase decorated with a pair of phoenix flying through clouds, Choson dynasty, 161/2in (41.9cm), consigned from the trade.

With all the uncertainty surrounding the dating of Korean ceramics, its ex-Cleveland Museum Collection provenance gave the trade buyer a degree of assurance and it sold at £8000 – despite some old damage.