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This Elizabeth I communion cup, London 1568, has been consigned to George Kidner’s May 18 sale in Lymington, Hampshire.

Measuring 7in (18cm) high, it has a flared bowl and bands of chased foliate scrolls, a knopped stem and a stepped domed foot with chased border.

The piece, which follows the standard design for Elizabethan communion cups, is likely to have been a product of the church authorities programme to replace the ‘old massing chalices’ of the pre-Reformation with ‘decent’ communion cups.

This example is stamped with a partly obscured maker’s mark, thought to represent a hammer. Estimate £5000-7000.


John Nicholson’s Oriental sale on May 24 in Surrey features this pair of Japanese Meiji period vases, decorated in the Shibayama art form with gold lacquer and silver.

Depicting baskets and vases of flowers, the 7in (18cm) high works are estimated at £5000-8000.


Art and antiques from Abbotswood, a grade II-listed country estate in Gloucestershire, is going under the hammer at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury on May 24 in Donnington Priory, Newbury. The consignor purchased the property from the Ferguson family in 1970, and filled it with a variety of antiques – notably English antiques and fine art.

Among the highlights is this oil by Alfred Munnings (1878-1959), painted from his time with the gypsy hop pickers in Hampshire. Munnings made his first visit to the Hampshire hop-fields in late August 1913. He became fascinated by the group of mainly Romany families who descended on the county each year from Bristol, Salisbury, west Dorset and Herefordshire.

A Gypsy Queen measures 16 x 12in (40 x 30cm) and depicts a sitter in colourful attire with jet black hair and pendant earrings.

Estimate £8000-12,000.