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Model of a boy in flight above a village by Georges Omerth – £2000 at Richard Winterton.

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Across three decades he produced figures in a range of modish styles from Neo-classicism (as a student of the sculptor Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse) to Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

The majority of his designs appear to have been created for the Paris retailer and manufacturer Edmond Etling.

This whimsical 10½in (26cm) high model of a boy in flight above a village seems to be a rarity. Despite its obvious condition problems, including a missing chunk to the marble base, it sold for £2000 (estimate £150-200) at the auction conducted by Richard Winterton (20% buyer’s premium) in Lichfield, Staffordshire, on December 11.