An April 30 sale of English and European ceramics and glass at Salisbury saleroom Woolley & Wallis will contain this German stoneware jug bearing the arms of the City of Amsterdam.
The same arms were discovered on so called ‘Bartmann’ jugs, which were found on the wrecks of ships belonging to the Dutch East India Company. This 9in (23cm) high vessel is decorated with flowerhead motifs and splashes of cobalt blue and was probably made in Frechen or Cologne in c.1580-1600.
The painter and plantsman Cedric Morris inspired numerous artists with his distinctive Post-Impressionist landscapes and flower paintings. Among them was Lucy Harwood (1893-1972), who became one of Morris’ first students at the East Anglian School of Drawing and Painting he set up with fellow artist Arthur Lett-Haines in Dedham, Essex.
This signed still-life oil of flowers by Harwood, measuring 22 x 18in (55 x 45cm), is estimated at £300-500 in an April 27 sale at the Mander auction house in Sudbury, Suffolk.
Coinciding with the start of the English cricket season, the Catherine Southon auction in Selsdon, Surrey, on May 1 will include this autograph book containing the signatures of past legends of the sport.
It was produced for the Surrey and England cricketer Jim Laker in his benefit year in 1956 and was raffled among the members of the Surrey Cricket Club at the Oval. It was won by the manager of the vendor who in turn raffled it among his employees.
The autograph book contains more than 260 signatures from 17 county cricket sides and the teams of England, Australia and Pakistan. Signatures include Len Hutton, Peter May, Keith Miller, Hanif Mohammad, Godfrey Evans and Fred Trueman.
Characterised by lifelike representations on stark backgrounds, the Patna School of Indo-British miniature painting flourished during the early-18th to mid-20th centuries. The school, which originated in the east Indian state of Bihar, represented the contemporary socio-political life of the region, especially the life of the common man.
A typical group of six Patna School illustrations relating to Indian trades and crafts from the first half of the 19th century will go under the hammer at Bloomsbury Auctions in central London on April 30.