1. Marx Brothers photo
This signed photograph by all three of the Marx Brothers - Groucho, Harpo and Chico - will be offered at International Autograph Auctions on December 17. The photo has a couple of very light, minor corner creases and carries an estimate of £1500-2000 at the pre-Christmas autograph auction. View the lot on thesaleroom.com.
2. Carol painting
A fitting inclusion to The Christmas Sale at Cotswold Auction Company in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire is this festive work by Victorian painter John Seymour Lucas (1849-1923), who specialised in painting scenes from English history.
Named after the 16th century carol God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman, the 12½ x 16in (32 x 40cm) oil on board of a singing boy surrounded by musicians is estimated at £600-900 in the sale on December 18. View the lot on thesaleroom.com.
3. Eric Ravilious Wedgwood bowl
This Eric Ravilious for Wedgwood rare Queensware bowl will be offered at Hansons Auctioneers. Made in c.1938, the design on the bowl is known as The Boat Race. It is printed in under-glaze black and painted over glaze in coloured enamels, with scenes from three stages of the boat race and a mermaid. The inside centre has an oval view of Piccadilly Circus on boat race night. It is estimated at £800-850 at Hansons’ Chirstmas fine arts, jewellery, watches and antiques sale held at Bishton Hall in Staffordshire over three days from December 18-20. View the lot on thesaleroom.com.
4. Christopher Dresser-style Minton boxes
This pair of 19th century Minton cloisonné boxes in the manner of Christopher Dresser will be offered at William George & Co in a timed auction that ends at 7pm on December 20. They carry an estimate of £900-1100 at the auction house’s art, antiques and collectables sale. View the lot on thesaleroom.com.
5. Early children’s books
These early children’s books will be offered at Tennants Auctioneers’ books, maps, prints and manuscripts sale on December 19. Dated 1808, The Renowned History of Little Red Riding Hood in Verse printed for B Tabart, New Bond Street, and J Harris, St Paul's Churchyard, and The Trial and Execution of Cock Robin, published by W Darton c.1819, carry an estimate of £200-300. View the lot on thesaleroom.com.