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This Royal Worcester tinted bisque figure of Captain Harry Llewellyn on a jumping horse is guided at £200-300 in Cotswold Auction Company’s May 16-17 sale in Cirencester.

The 12½in (32cm) high work, number 3678 in the Worcester Porcelain Company’s list of shapes, was designed by Doris Lindner (1896-1979) and issued in 1959 in a limited edition of 500.


On May 17, Lyon & Turnbull of Edinburgh will offer a collection of works inscribed by Scottish novelist Muriel Spark (1918-2006). The 14 lots come from the estate of her son, Robin, and comprise Spark’s personal books and other items.

Among the highlights is a first edition of her best-known novel, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961), which is inscribed to the front free-endpaper: To Robin, Love & wonkies, Mummy xxx.

The eponymous heroine is said to have been partly based on Christina Kay, one of Spark’s school teachers at James Gillespie’s School for Girls in Edinburgh. A photograph of her school year is included in the sale.

Estimate £300-500.


Going under the hammer at Chiswick Auctions in London on May 23 is this coronation robe and coronet linings for the 1st Baron and Baroness Kindersley.

Baron Robert Kindersley (1871-1954) was knighted as Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1917 and later the Knight Grand Cross (GBE) for his chairmanship of the National Savings Committee.

The group comprises the baroness’ red velvet and rabbit trimmed robe, with a Victor Stiebel at Jacqmar label, and the coronet linings for both the baron and baroness made by English tailors and robe makers Ede & Ravenscroft.

Estimate £300-500.


A large and comprehensive collection of Mason’s China will be offered at Woolley & Wallis on May 23 in Salisbury.

Assembled by collector Doug Godden, it covers the broad spectrum of production from the company’s early years in the late 18th century through to the 19th century.

Although the Mason’s factory is best known for its patented ironstone China, introduced in 1813 and decorated in Oriental designs, it also produced finer porcelain, a broad range of teawares and decorative items painted and printed with European subjects.

An example is this Miles Mason porcelain trio c.1805, comprising teacup, coffee can and saucer painted with small figures in rural landscapes.

Estimate £200-300.