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By Carrington & Co, London 1904, the 10 1/4in diameter piece weighing 46.5oz had lion-mask handles and the sides were engraved with the crest of a stag and the motto Reviresco.

A silver plaque on the ebonised stand recorded the fact that it had been a company’s presentation gift to a valued employee in 1974 and, 30 years on, it took an above-estimate £920.

Outside of the pictures, the top price was taken for a 19th century serpentine marble-topped giltwood console table which sold at £1800.