Bidding soon outstripped the guide price of 2,000 euros and the sale was completed for the impressive sum of 30,000 euros. European porcelain from the Meissen Manufactory is widely acclaimed around the world. Therefore, collectors welcomed the opportunity to purchase the group of 23 Japanese figurines from the "Foreign nations" series in one lot. Some seated, some standing, all naturalistically portrayed, painted in colour and with occasional gilded details, the group presents a vivid study of Japanese culture designed by Friedrich Elias Meyer, court sculptor in Weimar and modeller in Meissen as of 1748. Bids from 25,000 euros had been invited for the formidable ensemble, which closed at a very respectable 32,500 euros. A breathtaking, French Lalique vase in smoked glass, clearly classified as Art Déco, provided the final flourish in the wide range of eras and materials. Made in 1928, signed and in absolutely immaculate condition, having attracted a good deal of interest among dedicated Lalique collectors during the run-up to the auction, the "Phentièvre" model raced past its estimate of 6,000 euros before the hammer fell at 8,500 euros.