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A late-19th century engraved rock crystal, parcel-gilt, gemset and enamelled silver figural centrepiece made c.1880 by the Viennese firm of Hermann Ratzersdorfer sold for $38,000 (£30,645) at Heritage.

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It also proved to be one of the top sellers. The substantial piece, which was consigned from an estate in Akron, Ohio, measures 10½in (26cm) with a gross weight of 54oz. Made in the Renaissance revival taste, a satyr stem supports the bowl mounted with a dragon handle.

It attracted interest from around a dozen bidders and sold within estimate at $38,000 (£30,645).

Also made in Vienna, but a few decades later when the Jugendstil style was very much in vogue, was a Hans Bolek parcel-gilt silver stemmed bowl from 1909, originally retailed by Eduard Friedman. It weighed 37oz.

Viennese-born Bolek, an architect, artist and designer, studied under Josef Hoffmann. The tall fluted stem and the repoussé spirals and stylised foliate ground of the bowl are all characteristic of the Wiener Werkstatte style. The bowl outpaced its $2500-3500 guide to sell for $16,000 (£12,905).

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This 9ct gold bowl made c.1931 by Rattray and Co was presented to the Earl and Countess of Strathmore (the grandparents of Elizabeth II) by the City of Dundee on their golden wedding anniversary. It sold for $48,000 (£38,710) at Heritage.

The top price of the sale on May 5, albeit under estimate at $48,000 (£38,710), was a 9ct gold bowl made c.1931 by Rattray and Co that was presented to the Earl and Countess of Strathmore (the grandparents of Elizabeth II) by the City of Dundeee on their golden wedding anniversary. Weighing roughly 56oz, it has a current bullion value of around £29,000.

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