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A large and varied single-owner collection of antiques will make up a significant portion of the Mitchells sale in Cockermouth on March 9-10.

Consigned from a deceased estate, the 400-lot collection includes furniture, silver and textiles dating from the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods onwards.

A highlight is this 4in (10cm) high Georgian painted bone child’s alphabet tablet. It was acquired from Alistair Sampson Antiques and is guided at £500-800.

A vast single-owner collection of more than 1000 vesta cases, strikers and other related ephemera will be offered on March 18 at Trevanion & Dean in Shropshire.

The 200-lot group has been assembled by Dr John Cooke, a former GP who has been a collector almost all his life, beginning in his school days with stamps and souvenirs. He bought his first vesta case in 1962.

The group contains examples in a range of styles, themes and materials, including silver, gold, metal, wood, ceramic and glass, and date from the 18th to 21st centuries. A star is this Fabergé enamelled vesta case, estimated at £800-1200.

A highlight of Lacy Scott & Knight’s March 11 sale in Bury St Edmunds, is this mid-19th century picture of the three-masted barque, Baltasara of London.

French marine artist François Joseph Frederic Roux (1805-70) captured the ship in this 16 x 22in (41 x 57cm) watercolour study in 1850 – a decade after the vessel was built in Bristol.

Estimated at £1000-1500, the watercolour is offered with a folio of supporting ephemera relating to the Baltasara, a merchant vessel that sailed to Australia, South Africa, Chile and India in the 20 years it was in service.


At the turn of the 20th century, Sydney jeweller and retailer Flavelle Brothers commissioned Australian artist Ellis Rowan to paint a series of exotic flowers. They were then copied onto Royal Worcester tea services by artists such as Walter Sedgley, Albert Shuck, Edward Phillips and the Austin brothers.

An example of the collaboration are these 1914 Worcester vases decorated by Reginald Austin with the Australian Christmas Bells flower.

The 12in (30cm) high pair have Greek key handles and bear a retail mark for the Flavelle Brothers and shape number 2628.

The vases are estimated at £400-600 in Philip Serrell’s March 9 sale in Malvern, Worcester.