A potential star among the silver on offer at North Yorkshire saleroom Tennants on July 13 is a George II mazarine or serving dish liner marked for Paul de Lamerie, London, 1745, one of the great silversmiths of the 18th century.
The 27oz piece is pierced and engraved with shells and scrolls and bears the arms of the Duncombe and Campbell families.
Tara – the supreme Buddhist saviour and embodiment of perfected wisdom – is believed to be the Bodhisattva figure shown above seated in dhyanasana on a double lotus base. The piece, estimated at £1500-1800 in an Asian Art sale at Ewbank’s on July 11 in Surrey, has been consigned from the property of a private English collection.
According to family tradition, the 19th century piece was acquired by the vendor’s great-great-grandfather, Sir Louis Dane (1856-1946), an administrator during the time of the British Raj who became lieutenant governor of The Punjab in 1908.
The use of a snake eating its own tail, known as ouroboros, is a widely understood symbol of eternity in jewellery design
This late Georgian gold amethyst sentimental brooch above has a triple ouroboros surround, each mouth suspending either a heart, padlock or key on a snakelink chain. The brooch is among more than 400 lots to be offered in the Fine Jewellery sale at Fellows in Birmingham on July 11.
Léon Bakst’s (1866-1924) fame lay in the lavish sets and costumes he designed for the Diaghilev Ballets Russes and huge pageant spectaculars for dancer and patron Ida Rubinstein. Schéhérazade, first performed by the Ballet Russes in Paris in 1910, was the first of Bakst’s international triumphs as a costume and set designer.
A 13 x 10in (33 x 24cm) ink watercolour by Bakst of a semi-nude dancer from Schéhérazade, dated 1910, is estimated at £1000-2000 at Eastbourne Auctions on July 11-13.
According to the saleroom, Bakst gave the work to the vendor’s grandmother, Soviet writer and activist Marietta Shaginian.