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The 13¼in (33cm) high carving, unsigned but of outstanding quality, was perhaps by a celebrated Tokyo School craftsman such as Shimamura Toshiaki/Shunmei.

It was modelled as a standing bearded man holding a child in his arms, with a woman by his side and a dog tangled within vines.

In good condition, it sold to a private collector in the middle of a £20,000-30,000 estimate at the sale on July 18-20.

The buyer's premium was 20%.