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Bronze study of Bacchus by Eric Henri Kennington – £10,000 at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood.

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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.