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This finial from the hat of a Tibetan government minister has been consigned to Anthemion Auctions’ sale in Cardiff on May 24.

Thought to date from the 18th century, the 4in (10cm) high finial is fashioned from a central interior column in silver with goldsmiths’ work from Lhasa forming the exterior. The knob is made from coral (denoting the rank of government minister) and topped with a ruby. Pearls, emeralds and turquoise are also used. Folded inside the baseplate is the list of cautions and responsibilities incumbent with office, in Tibetan and Manchu scripts.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.

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