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At 281/4in (72cm) diameter it is the fifth largest charger recorded but the remarkable engraved border decoration is its forte - a continuous hunting scene populated by charming figures.

The charger was last seen at Phillips in December 1984 when it sold for £32,000 but - evidence that pewter prices have not moved a great deal in the past three decades - last week it was secured in the room by a UK private buyer apparently new to the pewter market at its low estimate of £60,000 (plus 20 per cent buyer's premium).

Nevertheless, it breaks its own auction record for a piece of English pewter, one that had stood for 33 years.

A full report on the £783,080 collection will appear in a future issue of the ATG newspaper.