Unless otherwise stated all catalogues can be found via the dealers’ websites
1. Peter Harrington
The Christmas catalogue from Peter Harrington is divided into two sections: a ‘main’ part and a gift selection comprising of roughly 100 items.
The latter includes a first edition of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service by Ian Fleming, a 1951 UK first edition of The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger and several volumes by Beatrix Potter.
Pictured is a highlight from the Christmas catalogue: a first-edition first printing of Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s from 1958. It has been bound in deep rose-pink and black morocco leather by the Chelsea Bindery and features a silhouetted Audrey Hepburn (who played Holly Golightly in the 1961 film). It is offered for £2750.
2. Grosvenor Prints
Uncorking Old Sherry is one of the satirical prints on offer in Grosvenor Prints’ latest online catalogue, number 87, featuring more than 450 examples of natural history and decorative pictures, prints of Constable and Turner, ephemera and more.
It depicts Prime Minister William Pitt turned toward the opposition and uncorking a bottle which contains the head of the playwright and politician Richard Brinsley Sheridan.
The opposition is formed of bottles containing the heads of politicians, all labelled as different liquors. Published on March 10, 1805 by H Humphrey of St James Street, London, it is by James Gillray and is available for £1250.
3. Tom Rooth
‘The Black Catalogue’ is a new publication by Tom Rooth, who left Christie’s over a year ago to set up on his own as an art dealer and consultant.
It showcases the variety of his offerings such as Sting, The Crickets, and a Beatle, an oil on panel by the Belgian painter Auguste Bonnefoi (1813-83), which measures 8½ x 8½in (21.5 x 21.5cm) and is offered in a 17th century Dutch frame for £12,500. It depicts a group of insects engaged in a variety of artistic pursuits.
4. Tim Bowen Antiques
This rare hand-painted pottery plate depicts Mary Jones (1784-1864), a Welsh girl who, at the age of 15, walked barefoot 26 miles across mountainous terrain to buy a copy of the Welsh Bible in Bala. She had saved for six years before setting out on her journey in 1800.
Tradition has it that this endeavour inspired Rev Thomas Charles, who ultimately sold her the book, to launch the British and Foreign Bibles Society in 1804.
Made in c.1910 at the south Wales pottery Llanelly and decorated by Samuel Shufflebotham, the plate is offered for £2750.
It is included in Tim Bowen Antiques’ winter catalogue. The Carmarthenshire gallery, which specialises in Welsh and British country furniture and folk art, produces regular catalogues which are available in print or online.
5. Picture Palace Movie Posters
Hammer Shock: Posters from the Golden Age of British Horror (1945-75) is the current catalogue from Picture Palace Movie Posters. It features nearly 150 pages of horror film posters as well as an essay by Jonathan Rigby, author of books such as English Gothic: Classic Horror Cinema 1897-2015.
Among the offerings is a US half sheet, 22in x 2ft 4in (56 x 71cm) design of The Mummy by the artist Joseph Smith, based on Bill Wiggins’ original.
The Hammer classic premiered in September 1959 and starred Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, two legends of horror cinema. It is available for £695.
The dealership in Wimbledon, south London, is planning an Ealing Studios catalogue for the new year.
6. Mackinnon Fine Furniture
A George III ormolu and giltwood mounted serpentine marquetry commode, c.1765, attributed to Ince & Mayhew, is among the pieces highlighted in Mackinnon Fine Furniture’s third annual printed catalogue. The publication focuses on the selection of stock available at the St James’s gallery and shares some of its recent research and discoveries. Pieces range in price from £9500 to in excess of £500,000.
The piece in question features a top centred with a rococo cartouche featuring floral marquetry on a yew-wood reserve and is catalogued as “a masterpiece of 18th century English marquetry”.
Ince & Mayhew were leading London cabinetmakers who published The Universal System of Household Furniture in 1762 in direct competition to Thomas Chippendale, who published The Gentleman and Cabinet Makers Director (1754).