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On January 31, Christie’s King Street will offer more than 40 lots from Bywell Hall in Northumberland, a Palladian mansion owned by the 4th Viscount Allendale.

Among the highlights is a pair of Meissen bears made c.1750 by the factory’s renowned modeller JJ Kändler (1706-75). Measuring 5in (13cm) high, they feature the blue crossed sword mark to the bases and are together guided at £8000-12,000.


Sworders’ 20th Century Decorative Art and Design sale on January 30 includes aWilliam Moorcroft three-piece tea set made for Shreve & Co of San Francisco.

The group comprises a teapot, sucrier and milk jug decorated in the Peacock Feather design with silver-mounted flowers. Estimate £6000-8000.


This 15th century bishop’s ring shown above was found by a metal detectorist in a field near Beverley Minster.

The 20ct gold ring, which dates to c.1450-1550, is engraved with St George and St Catherine and features floral emblems.

It will be sold at Hansons Auctioneers’ Historica Auction in Derbyshire on January 24, estimated at £8000-10,000 (full sale held 23rd, 24th and 29th January).

Hansons’ specialist Adam Staples said: “Only high-ranking figures such as bishops or nobility would have been able to afford a ring of such high quality… It may well have belonged to a bishop from Beverley Minster and would have been commissioned.”

The minster in the East Yorkshire town is one of the largest parish churches in the UK.