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A Chinese silk embroidered gown, set to the centre with a fierce dragon, has been stored in an attic for 20 years since it was purchased in South America by the vendor.

Dating from the early to mid 20th century, the garment is guided at £300-500 in a sale on December 12 at Plymouth Auction Rooms in Cattedown.

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Worcestershire saleroom Kingham & Orme will offer one of the largest single-owner collections of lights and light shades to come to auction in recent years on December 8.

The section, which comprises some 130 lots, belongs to a London estate and will include over a dozen Benson lamps, a number of Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts light fittings and around 100 so-called ‘vaseline’ coloured and opal shades.

A 10in (24cm) high Arts & Crafts brass wall light by William Arthur Smith Benson and James Powell and Sons is guided at £300-500.

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A private collection relating to Marie Stopes (1880-1958), founder of the first birth control clinic in Britain and well-known women’s rights campaigner, is a highlight of Cuttlestones’ Specialist Collectors Sale in Wolverhampton on December 7.

It includes a 1935 signed Christmas card from illustrator Ernest H Shepard (1879-1976), one of Stopes’ numerous literary connections, with a sketch of Pooh and inscribed Heartiest Christmas Greetings to you all from Ernest H Shepard.

Estimate £100-200.

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From the turn of the 20th century onwards, Archibald Knox (1864-1933) designed a number of clocks during his prolific partnership with London retailer Liberty & Co.

An early mantle clock from c.1900, carved to the 13in (33cm) high oak case with a Celtic knot, is guided at £300-500 in a sale of Modern British art and design at Mallams in Oxford on December 6-7.

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