Two-handled vase by Vilmos Zsolnay, £5800 at Dawsons.

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It was then that Zsolnay perfected his iridescent Eosine glaze and employed his principal designer, Tade Sikorski.

This vase offered for sale by Dawsons (23% buyer’s premium) in Maidenhead on September 30 is a good example: an organic Art Nouveau two-handled design standing 10in (25cm) high and numbered 6194.

Estimated at £200-300, it attracted plenty of interest from its native Hungary before it sold at £5800.