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This 12in (31cm) tall glazed biscuit figure of an armoured Guangmu (a Buddhist guardian deity) holding a small pearl was made in the 18th century.

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Leading proceedings at £34,000 was a early 20th century cinnabar lacquer panel, 4ft 8in tall x 2ft 6in wide (1.44m x 77cm), depicting scholars in a mountainous watery landscape. The price was a shade below estimate.

A famille rose garlic neck bottle vase, 7in (18.5cm) tall, was also a relatively late piece dating from the Guangxu period (1871-1908). With a Yong Qing Chang Chun mark to base, it took a six-times estimate £16,000.

The best-performing lot of the day was a 12in (31cm) tall glazed biscuit figure of an armoured Guangmu (a Buddhist guardian deity) holding a small pearl. Made in the 18th century, it was estimated at £500-800 and sold at £10,000.

These sort of prices among the first 420 lots of the February 27 sale were the major contribution to the day’s £450,000 total.