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Charles Ross in Woburn is offering a large private collection – over 300 pieces – of Charlotte Rhead ceramics across two sales, starting on April 29.

Amassed over 25 years, and from all over the world, it includes early wall plaques, some decorated by Charlotte herself and others by her father, Frederick Rhead.

The example shown is a tube-line decorated 1930s Burleigh Ware plaque in pattern number 4012, or Bird & Pomegranate pattern as it is often known. It’s understood that only six plaques in this design were produced, and this example, measuring 14in (36cm) diameter, comes with an estimate of £1200-1500.


A pair of Chinese ornaments that the owners ‘never really liked’ which they stored in their attic for years have been consigned to Plymouth Auction Rooms’ sale on April 19.

Inherited from relatives who had brought them back from Hong Kong many years ago, these Qing silver pagodas are possibly by Wang Hing & Company and date from the late 19th/early 20th centuries. Each is 7in (17cm) tall and composed of seven tiers, chased throughout to simulate brickwork and tilework.

Estimate £1000-1200.


A fine-quality Victorian library table has been consigned by a private vendor to Peter Wilson’s twoday spring Fine Art, Antiques and Collectors’ April 26-27 sale.

In 1844 ER Hammond was looking to find a tenant for his fully furnished residence in Chancery Lane, the heart of London’s legal district. To prevent a tenant making off with any of the furniture in the offices, every piece was stamped ER Hammond, 30 Bell Yard, Lincolns Inn.

This table, with a green leather inset top and six frieze drawers with original turned knobs, is also stamped with its maker’s details S & H Jewells Furniture Warehouse, 29-31 Little Queen Street, Holborn, stencilled on the underside of one drawer. Estimate £800-1200.


Halls will be holding a two-day ’country house’ auction in Shrewsbury on April 26- 27. One of the highlights is this cigar, half smoked by Winston Churchill, which has been consigned with photos and a letter from his secretary on House of Commons headed paper.

A photograph with the lot shows Churchill standing in the doorway of an Avro York MW101 aeroplane smoking the cigar. He started it before boarding the plane at Le Bourget Airport, Paris, on May 11, 1947, and the remainder was taken into ’protective custody’ by Corporal William Alan Turner, who was a member of the cabin crew.

Estimate £1500-2000.