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A sale of clocks and barometers at Scarborough saleroom David Duggleby on December 15 will include a mid-19th century Gothic style pierced brass strut clock, in the manner of the imaginative London clockmaker Thomas Cole.

The 6in (15cm) high timepiece was retailed by Howell, James & Co, the London jeweller and silversmith that operated between 1819-1911 from premises on Regent Street.

It has an engine-turned silvered dial with Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds dial and an eight-day movement with balance escapement. It comes in a presentation box with an encased cylindrical winding key and carries an estimate of £500-700.

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“Every brush stroke makes me recoil like a snake struck with a stick. I hate the smell of paint. Painting for me is not beautiful. It is as ugly as a reptile,” wrote Francis Newton Souza (1924-2002) in his 1959 autobiographical book, Words and Lines.

The Indian painter and founder member of the Progressive Artists’ Group of Bombay drew this 9¼ x 6¼in (23 x 15cm) signed ink work Secretary Bird and Cobra, above, in the same year the book was published.

Featuring a rearing cobra, perhaps in the female form of a Nagin, it is offered by Chiswick Auctions of west London in a timed online sale ending on December 14.

Estimate £1000-1500.

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When Edward Seago (1910-74) was invalided out of the Second World War in 1944, he was instead invited to record the Italian campaign in paint.

Contrasts in traffic is one such work. The signed 9½ x 18in (24 x 45cm) pen and wash was acquired for £1600 from the Fine Art Society’s exhibition of such Italian works in 1999.

It is estimated at £1200-1800 at Lacy Scott & Knight on December 15 in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

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A fitting inclusion to The Christmas Sale at Cotswold Auction Company in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, is this festive work by Victorian painter John Seymour Lucas (1849-1923), who specialised in painting scenes from English history

Named after the 16th century carol God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, the 12½ x 16in (32 x 40cm) oil on board of a singing boy surrounded by musicians is estimated at £600-900 in the December 18 sale.

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