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The two 2ft (61cm) tall Berlin biscuit porcelain vases with gilt grotesque handles and painted with allegories of Art and Architecture dated to the second half of the 19th century.

Bearing the blue sceptre and eagle (pfennig) mark, they were estimated at £2500-3500 and went to a Continental bidder at £4700.

Foreign interest also emerged for a carved coco de mer. From the west coast of India or Ceylon, the 21in (53cm) tall fruit was carved in the 19th century with two rows of figures in arched panels and the lift-off cover was two birds supported by four elephants. It sold to a UK private buyer, however, at a mid-estimate £2500.