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An original drawing by Hokusai, c.1805, a preparatory study for an illustration to the Chinese novel, Water Margin, is estimated at £1000-2000 in a dedicated auction of Asian art at Cheffins on April 4.

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1. A pair of silver-gilt Devlin surprise eggs

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A pair of unique 1960s cased silver-gilt surprise eggs by Stuart Devlin – estimated together at £3000-4000 at 1818 Auctioneers.

This pair of unique 1960s cased silver-gilt surprise eggs by the late Australian metalworker Stuart Devlin (1931-2018) will go under the hammer in a sale of silver and jewellery at 1818 Auctioneers on April 1 in Milnthorpe, Cumbria.

The eggs – one containing a cushion cut kunzite and the other a trio of amethyst crystals – come in cases retailed by Collingwood of Conduit Street, London, and Cartier. They are estimated together at £3000-4000. The lot also contains a personal letter from Devlin to the vendor confirming the eggs’ unique designs along with signed photographs, an original receipt and a 1960s valuation certificate.

The lot can be viewed on thesaleroom.com.

2. A Fred Yates picture

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‘Village Lane in Winter’ by Fred Yates – estimated at £2000-3000 at Charterhouse.

Dorset saleroom Charterhouse in Sherborne will offer a small group of Fred Yates (1922- 2008) paintings in its auction on April 17, acquired over the past two decades by a West Country collector. There are 5 Fred Yates pictures in the collection.

Often referred to as ‘Fowey’s happy Lowry’ (a tag that Yates used himself), the Manchesterborn self-taught artist painted bold and colourful Cornish scenes of local village life, clifftops and beaches, many around Fowey where he lived from 1968.

This 13 x 17in (33 x 43cm) scene, Village Lane in Winter, is estimated at £2000-3000.

3. A Wonderland charger

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This charger made at the Bombay School of Art c.1880 is estimated at £300-500 in the Lyon & Turnbull auction on April 3.

This charger was made at the Bombay School of Art, which traded as Wonderland Art Pottery under the direction of George Wilkins Terry from the mid-1870s until about 1890. London department store Liberty imported some of the Wonderland wares to sell in its Regent Street shop.

Much of the decoration was influenced by the paintings at the Ajanta cave complex in western India. Students were also encouraged to adapt Ajanta motifs, as here, in an attempt to encourage traditions of Indian rather than European art.

The 18in (46cm) wide piece c.1880 is estimated at £300-500 from Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on April 3.

The lot can be viewed on thesaleroom.com.

4. A drawing by Hokusai

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An original drawing by Hokusai, c.1805, a preparatory study for an illustration to the Chinese novel, Water Margin, is estimated at £1000-2000 in a dedicated auction of Asian art at Cheffins on April 4.

An original drawing by the Japanese artist Hokusai will be offered in a dedicated sale of Asian art at Cambridge auction house Cheffins on April 4.

The drawing, c.1805, is a preparatory study for an illustration to the Chinese novel, Water Margin, and depicts the hero of the story Wu Song fighting with the god Jiangmen.

Hokusai illustrated the Japanese translation of the novel in 1805 for the author Kyokutei Bakin and the book became a huge success during the Edo period.

The 7 x 10in (19 x 26cm) ink on paper bears a written inscription by Hokusai and comes from the UK-based collection of the late Stephen Keynes who acquired it from Anthony d’Offay Fine Art in 1967. Estimate £1000-2000. 

The lot can be viewed on thesaleroom.com.

5. An engraved pin head

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Adam Partridge auction house will offer this engraved pin head by the micro-artist Graham Short (b.1946) bearing the words of American-Romanian writer and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel on April 4 estimated at £12,000-15,000.

Adam Partridge auction house will offer this engraved pin head by the micro-artist Graham Short (b.1946) bearing the words of American-Romanian writer and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel on April 4 estimated at £12,000-15,000.

Adam Partridge auction house will offer an engraved pin head by the micro-artist Graham Short (b.1946) as part of the April 4 sale in Macclesfield.

It bears the words of American-Romanian writer and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel: Hope is like peace It is not a gift from god – It is a gift only we can give one another. Housed in its own bespoke LED viewing unit, it will be offered with an estimate of £12,000-15,000.

Birmingham-born Short attracted the national gaze in 2012 when he unveiled a razor’s edge inscribed with the words Nothing is Impossible, a project that took nine months and involved regular Botox injections to prevent muscle twitches to his eyelids.

The lot can be viewed on thesaleroom.com.