Mamluk-style pottery basin decorated with a band of kufic script by Theodore Deck, £4200 at Hannam's.

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Inspired by the zeitgeist of Orientalism which pervaded French society in the second half of the 19th century, he was famed for Middle Eastern-type artefacts with bright glazes mimicking those found on Iznik and other Islamic ceramics.

This 16in (38cm) bowl displays the deep turquoise he developed, known as ‘bleu de Deck’.

At Hannam’s (23% buyer’s premium) in Selborne, Hampshire, on January 4 it more than doubled hopes to bring £4200.