Included in this sale was a substantial collection of oriental and Japanese works of art, amassed over a life time, and a joy to curate and catalogue according to 1818 auctioneer and valuer Garth Drinkall.
Several of the top selling items from the collection may well have been used in religious rituals or gatherings, perhaps holding a special place in social history says Garth.
Star lot was an impressive 65cm tall bronze Japanese temple censer or incense burner, with incised decoration from the Meiji period. The burning of incense in Japan began during the 6th century and is still an important facet of Japanese culture.
A samurai figure sits atop a fantasy landscape made up of twin dragon handles and a decoration – possibly relating to the mythology of Sakata Kaido-maru (kintaro). This folk hero, with supernatural strength, wrestles an enormous carp under a powerful waterfall. This central section is supported by a base with four carp.
Due to damage, it was estimated to make between £300-500 but went on to sell for £4050.
Other items of note from the collection included an antique carved wood Indian totem of the god Kalinga which made £760. There was also a set of three Chinese silk panels which went to highest bidder for £660 and a collection of four box wood carved Japanese figures sold for £480.