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The inaugural Sporting Art Sale at Tennants in Leyburn on January 11 includes an oil study called Claiming the Shot: After the Hunt in the Adirondacks by Anglo-American artist John George Brown (1831-1913). The finished work is in the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Brown was born in a poor family in County Durham but made his fortune as a painter after moving to New York in 1853. Claiming the Shot was commissioned by a key patron William Brand who stands centrally in the composition of the finished work. This 18 x 12in (40 x 30cm) study of a young man, signed, inscribed and dated 1865, depicts a figure in the far left of the final composition, who is possibly one of Brand’s sons.

The estimate is £3000-5000.

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The sale of ceramics and Asian art at Golding Young & Mawer in Grantham, Lincolnshire, on January 9 includes this fine-quality Meiji koro with a provenance to Margaret Thatcher.

While in office, the former prime minister had given it as a gift to the vendor.

Standing 2ft 3in (67cm) high, the koro is worked in two-colour bronze, inlaid in gold, silver and applied with coral and mother-of-pearl. It carries a maker’s inscription for Ohashi Mitsuemon Yoshihashi, living in Takaoka, Ishikawa prefecture, Etchu province.

Estimate £2500-4000.

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