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A market-fresh assemblage of studio pottery by Hans Coper and Lucie Rie will be offered in a dedicated sale at Mellors & Kirk on June 14.

The majority of the 12-lot group were purchased directly from exhibitions at the Midland Group in the 1960s and remained in the same private ownership since then.

A 9in (23cm) high stoneware form with collar, c.1965, by Coper (1920-81) is guided at £4000-6000. It is one of four examples in this form, made during Coper’s Hammersmith period.

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Discovered in a box of assorted pens during a house clearance, a Japanese maki-e fountain pen is a stand-out lot of Richard Winterton’s Fine Arts Sale on June 20 in Lichfield, Staffordshire.

The nib, stamped 18ct, 6, Namiki and Asprey, dates the pen to c.1925-29, a period when eminent retailers such as Cartier and Asprey started to market these pens to the world and Dunhill began its exclusive collaboration with Ryosuke Namiki under the Dunhill Namiki brand name.

The 5in (13cm) long lacquerwork writing instrument features the built-up designs of takamaki-e and the cloud-like nashiji techniques. It has a yellow metal straight fill lever and bears the artist’s signature, partially obscured by nashiji gold dust detailing. Estimate £6000-7000.


Lady Elizabeth Butler (1846-1933) was one of the few female painters to achieve fame for military history paintings, especially battle scenes.

This 3ft 6in x 4ft 8in (1.06 x 1.42m) oil on canvas, titled On the morning of Waterloo, The Cuirassiers’ last reveille, is signed and dated 1914.

It was last seen at auction in November 2011, offered as part of Lyon & Turnbull’s auction of the Forbes Collection at Old Battersea House.

It is estimated at £8000-12,000 in a sale at Chiswick Auctions on June 12 in London.

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