Rare cotton chair cover
This rare cotton chair cover is believed to have been used by Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle and is estimated at £700-1200 at Rogers Jones.

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1. Military Cross at Fellows

Medals

This Second World War Military Cross medal group is estimated at £1200-1800 at Fellows' auction on December 4.

First up is a Second World War Military Cross medal group awarded to Lieutenant Ronald Charles Edwin Cox of the Royal Artillery. According to dispatches, Cox displayed 'courage of a very high order' in bringing artillery fire as a Forward Observation Officer in support of an Infantry Brigade near Enfidaville in North Africa on April 29, 1943. The group is estimated at £1200-1800 on the  second day of a sale of antiques, silver and collectables at Fellows in Birmingham on December 4.

The lot can be viewed on thesaleroom.com.

2. Ford Madox Brown at Sworders

Ford Madox Brown

The holy family with John the Baptist by the Victorian artist Ford Madox Brown (1821-93) is estimated at £8000-12,000.

On December 5 Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet will offer this painting of the holy family with John the Baptist. Probably commissioned for a presbytery, it was executed in 1864 by the Victorian artist Ford Madox Brown (1821-93).  The signed 4ft 3in x 2ft 10in (1.30m x 87cm) oil on canvas is estimated at £8000-12,000. The painting formed part of a collection of European art owned by American businessman Henry Audesse, which was sold by Massachusetts auctioneers John McInnis in 2016. The multi-million-dollar sale was offered on the premises of Audesse's 30-room Georgian-style mansion at Wenham on Boston's north shore in Massachusetts.

The lot can be viewed online at thesaleroom.com.

3. Marevna at Roseberys

Cubist Marevna

An unframed Cubist work of a man playing a guitar by the Russian painter known as Marevna estimated at £100-150.

This unframed Cubist work of a man playing a guitar features among a large collection of sketches, correspondence and paintings by Marie Vorobieff (1892-1984), the Russian painter known as Marevna and dubbed ‘the first female Cubist’. When this sketch was made in c.1912-14, Marevna was working in close proximity to Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque in Paris. With some foxing and staining, this 8 x 7¾in (21 x 20cm) pencil and black ink on paper work is valued at £100-150 and includes another sketch of a man and woman on the verso.  The Marevna collection has been consigned by her descendants and will be offered in a single-owner sale at Roseberys London on December 5 in West Norwood. View the entire sale online at thesaleroom.com.

4. Peter Wright at Mallams

Peter Wright

A 7in (17.5cm) high interlocking abstract form in a speckled white glaze by Peter Wright (1919-2003).

Mallams’ Design sale in Oxford on December 6 comprises a private collection of ceramics by Peter Wright (1919-2003). Wright emerged as an innovative artist in the early 1950s, at the same time that a young generation of potters were becoming more excited by what was going on outside ceramics. While Wright can be grouped together with these potters, helping to produce some of the most experimental work of the 1950s, ‘60s and early ‘70s, his disdain for any kind of promotion has made him an elusive figure. Among the 16-lot group is this 7in (17.5cm) high interlocking abstract form in a speckled white glaze, which carries a £200-400 estimate. 

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5. Queen Victoria chair cover at Rogers Jones

This rare cotton chair cover, which retains “a faint odour of perfume”, is believed to have been used by Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle. A letter accompanying the cloth states that it covered “the tub chair used by Queen Victoria at Windsor... [in her] sitting room” and was “used regularly until her last illness”. According to the note, the cloth was acquired by a palace servant called Mrs Davies, who asked her friend, a housekeeper at Windsor Castle, for “a memento of the Queen” after she died. The red patterned cloth features three emblematic tiles - Victoria’s crowned cypher, a Tudor Rose and a Scottish thistle - and a black-ink stamp to the lining 'Windsor Castle 1893, Room 520 No...'. Passed by descent to a Vale of Glamorgan estate, it is estimated at £700-1200 in a ‘Selections & Collections’ sale at Rogers Jones in Cardiff on December 7.

View the lot online at thesaleroom.com.