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This miniature box was part of the late 19th century fashion in Vienna for collecting cold-painted bronze figures and objets d’art inspired by the Orient, a place that had captured the imagination of many Europeans during the period.

Here a bronze figure of a small boy decorates the 3½in (9cm) wide box, wearing a tassle hat and an orange robe.

It is priced at £350 from Mayfair Gallery in South Audley Street, London.


This German salt-glazed pitcher, with its distinctive colours of grey and cobalt blue, takes its name from Westerwald, which lies between Frankfurt and Cologne.

Westerwald wares were a popular import to Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries. English stoneware factories made only brown wares and were unable to reproduce the blue and purple decoration used on Westerwald pieces at the time.

This 9½in (24cm) high pitcher bears a blue and white GR monogram for Georgius Rex and dates to c.1750. It has been consigned locally to Hansons’ decorative arts auction in Etwall, Derbyshire, on February 21.

Estimate £140-180.



This Victorian oak cellaret or wine cooler originates from Plas Rhianfa Castle on Anglesey, the French-style chateau built in 1859 by Sir John Hay Williams, Baronet of Bodelwyddan, and his wife Lady Sarah Williams.

It has been consigned by direct descent from the family of Dr Andrew Verney, the great-grandson of Sir John and Lady Sarah, who inherited the house in 1955 before selling it a few years later.

The large 2ft 6in x 2ft (76 x 61cm) sarcophagus-shaped vessel has a lined interior and is carved all over with foliate and lion mask decoration. It is estimated at £300-500 in 1818 Auctioneers’ sale in Cumbria on February 5-6.

1818auctioneers.co.uk or see this item on thesaleroom.com


Memorabilia collected by a television researcher who worked for A Question of Sport and other BBC Sport shows in the 1980s will go under the hammer in the Cotswolds.

Autographs, signed photographs, books and other items were assembled by Lesley Holland, who worked for BBC Sport in Manchester. Holland was responsible for meeting and greeting guests on A Question of Sport. Her collection of autograph books includes signatures and personal messages from personalities including George Best, Barry Sheen and Daley Thompson.

She also assisted A Question of Sport host David Coleman, snooker presenter David Vine and bowls presenter David Icke.

The collection has been divided into five lots, each estimated at £50-100, and will be sold at Moore Allen & Innocent’s Sporting Sale in Cirencester on February 2.

mooreallen.co.uk or see this item on thesaleroom.com