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Nine pieces from the varied Zsolnay Pecs output were offered by Tring Market Auctions on October 1 - all from a vendor whose grandmother was Hungarian.

Interest in the collection emanated from Hungary, New York and London but it was a local collector who secured the most highly rated piece, this 10 1/2in (26cm) high candle holder, right, modelled as an ancient crone holding two water jars. Like all the pieces in the collection, it was modestly estimated at £400-500. Bidding climbed to £4500.