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One of a pair of 11in (27.5cm) tall vases, decorated with chrysanthemums leading proceedings, sold for £3800 Catherine Southon’s September 6 sale.

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The pieces, originally bought by built by a British engineer who spent 20 years with his family in China until the 1930s, contributed 19 lots.

Items made to Chinese taste with enamel decoration were particularly popular, with a pair of 11in (27.5cm) tall vases, (one pictured above) decorated with chrysanthemums leading proceedings. Dating to c.1910, these had some damage to the enamels but, estimated at £500-800, sold to a phone at £3800.

Other eye-catchers included an engraved three-piece silver tea set at a double-estimate £1100 and a knife, fork and spoon with enamel handles decorated with blossom and leafs, which made £500.