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The French sculptor Onésime-Aristide Croisy (1840-99) is recognised for his dramatic bronze military statues but is probably best known for his 1882 marble Le Nid (The Nest), showing a brother and sister asleep in a comfortable armchair.

This 6½in (16.5cm) high gilt bronze and ivory version is expected to sell for £1000-2000. It forms part of a private collection of furniture, paintings, ceramics, walking sticks and tea caddies consigned to Catherine Southon’s February 22 sale in Selsdon, Surrey.

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This brass Arts & Crafts design three-light electrolier is one of four removed from a recently closed Victorianperiod convent in Salford.

The 2ft 7in (80cm) high chandelier, with frosted and cut glass beaker-shaped shades to each light, is estimated at £800-1200 in the February 14 sale at Capes Dunn.

The Stockport saleroom, which has dealt with the convent over many years, was asked to sell the items when the last remaining nun moved out in January.

Situated on a busy road into Manchester, “passers-by were totally unaware of the atmosphere of calm and quiet contemplation just beyond the hedge, in the extensive residence and grounds”, according to the auction house.

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Special Auction Services’ sale on February 14 in Newbury, Berkshire, features the second tranche of portraits from the studio contents of English artist Bernard Hailstone (1910-87).

A prolific portraitist, he is best known for his Second World War portraits of transport and civil defence workers painted in Britain, portraits of members of the armed forces painted overseas and his post-war portraits of the royal family, musicians, stage and film actors.

A highlight of the 64-lot group is this 2ft 6in x 2ft 1in (76 x 64cm) sketch of Winston Churchill for Hailstone’s famous Cinque Ports portrait of the British prime minister, now in the Imperial War Museum in London. One of two preparatory sketches of Churchill in the group, the oil on canvas is estimated at £600-1000.

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More than 700 lots of military collectables are on offer at C&T Auctioneers of Tunbridge Wells in Kent on February 14.

Guided at £400-600 is this 20in (50cm) wide pre-First World War 6th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers regimental drum. It is painted with the coat of arms and regimental details, and battle honours up to South Africa, 1902. Described as a ‘good example’ of the larger type wooden framed drum, it comes complete with the original skins and rope tension straps.

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