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A clutch of gold brooches by Anglo-Italian jewellery designer Andrew Grima (1921-2007) is among the highlights of a two-day sale at Charterhouse Auctions in Sherborne on August 23-24.

The brooches of both abstract and naturalistic forms are estimated to sell individually from £600-3000, with this 18ct gold brooch above guided at £2000-3000. The group was collected by the owner in the 1960s and ‘70s and the items come in their original boxes.


A limited-edition copy of Kenneth Grahame’s 1908 children’s novel, The Wind In The Willows, will feature in Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood’s auction of antiquarian books in Exeter on September 12.

With illustrations by Ernest H Shepard, the book was published in an edition of 200 copies in 1931. This example is numbered and signed by both author and illustrator and is estimated at £2000-3500.

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This Japanese woodblock print of travellers caught in a sudden shower above is among Hiroshige’s (1797-1858) most recognisable prints from his Tokaido series The Fifty-three Stations on the Tokaido Road.

Hiroshige designed 55 prints based on his sketches along the Tokaido highway on the trip to Kyoto from Edo in 1832, creating his own views of human life enhanced by natural phenomena such as rain, snow and fog.

The print, called Haku-u (Sudden Summer Shower), is guided at £3500-4500 at Chiswick Auctions in west London on September 4.

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A recumbent ibis from ancient Egypt is estimated at £3000-4000 in a sale of antiquities at TimeLine Auctions in central London on September 4.

Dating from the Late to the Ptolemaic Period, the 9in (23cm) wooden piece has a gesso and gilt body and cast bronze legs.

It comes from the property of a London gentleman and was formerly in the Baptiste family collection in Paris c.1900.

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