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A centrepiece of one of Christie’s seven AWNY auctions is the 86-lot ensemble of works from the collection of Marie Theresa L Virata.

Ceramics, Japanese screens, carpets and works of art all feature, but the main focus is a group of classical Chinese furniture which was assembled with advice from the celebrated dealer Robert Hatfield Ellsworth.

Highlights include a rare pair of armchairs of ‘southern official’s hat’ form in hunghuali wood estimated at $600,000-800,000 and this 18th century luohan low bed in zitan, below, which is guided at $2m-3m.