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Philip Serrell, Malvern, January 16

Lucie Rie white porcelain footed bowl decorated with concentric blue lines, 9in (22cm) diameter, purchased from Peter Dingley Gallery, Stratford-upon-Avon, in 1983, some small firing faults.

Estimate: £6000-9000

Hammer: £46,000

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood, Exeter, January 21

18th century English provincial school portrait of the jester Black John of Tetcott House, Devon, oil on canvas, 3ft 4in x 2ft 1in (1.03m x 62cm).

Estimate: £800-1200

Hammer: £15,500

Chiswick Auctions, London, January 21

19th century French musical automaton of a musician playing the violin beneath a tree filled with singing and hopping birds, 2ft 5in (75cm) high, by Blaize Bonems, Paris.

Estimate: £8000-12,000

Hammer: £8000


Franklin Browns, Edinburgh, January 18

Oval portrait of a Western sea captain or merchant, 17 x 13in (42 x 34cm), in the manner of Spoilum of Canton (fl.1785-1810).

Estimate: £50-80

Hammer: £3800

Bamfords, Derby, January 17

A cabinet card portrait of Oscar Wilde (1854-1900).

Estimate: £30-40

Hammer: £1200

Gildings, Market Harborough, January 21

Meissen porcelain group of swans and cygnets, incised number G168, 10in (26cm) wide.

Estimate: £70-100

Hammer: £2400

Source: Bid Barometer is a snapshot of sales on thesaleroom.com for January 16-22, 2020.

‘Highest multiple over top estimate’ = Our selection of items from the top 20 highest hammer prices as a multiple of the high estimate paid by internet bidders on thesaleroom.com

‘Top selling lots’ = Our selection of items from the top 20 highest hammer prices paid by internet bidders on thesaleroom.com