However, there were other notable entries in the 176-lot sale on February 27, where 140 lots out of the 176 got away for a total of £666,000.
Among them – and from the same source as the Coper – was a 9½in (24cm) tall porcelain vase by Dame Lucie Rie which went well above estimate to a local collector at £17,500.
A bronze study of Bacchus by Eric Henri Kennington sold at £10,000. Kennington (1888-1960) was a war artist in both world wars and chose the hardships of a soldier’s life for much of his work. As a sculptor, he is best known for the War Memorial at Battersea Park and the tomb effigy of TE Lawrence in Dorset.
This much more light-hearted subject showing the 13¼in (34cm) tall god with a glass in his hand is believed to be one of several figures cast as bollards for Pope-Hennesy’s yachts.
Initialed EHK, the figure illustrating The Studio Yearbook for 1926 was estimated at £2000-3000 and sold at £10,000.