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A single-owner collection of Russian collectors’ items from a Cumbrian vendor is among 2000 lots to be sold in a three-day sale at Cockermouth saleroom Mitchells on March 20-22.

This enamelled lidded cylindrical box above, dated 1894, was made by Gustav Klingert (1865-1917), who ran one of the leading late 19th century enamel workshops in Moscow. The firm was founded in 1865 and had 55 employees until it closed in 1917. The box is estimated at £800-1200.

The collection also contains an 18th century Russian icon depicting Gabriel painted in egg tempura on a wooden panel (£800-1200 estimate) and an early 19th century silver enamelled and jewelled cigarette case with an 84 Kokoshnik mark, Moscow (£1800-2200 estimate).

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Found by chance in a secret drawer of a 20th century bureau, a 14th century French feudal gold issue is estimated at £1200-1800 in a sale dedicated to coins at Derbyshire saleroom Hansons of Etwall on March 21.

The Franc à pied coin, dated 1365, is made of 22ct gold and shows Raymond IV, Prince of Orange (1340-93), standing under a canopy. He was a lord from the House of Baux, one of the richest and most powerful families of medieval Provence, who ruled the so-called Race d’Aiglon region from 1163-1393.


Discovered by a metal detectorist in October 2017, an 16th century gold posy ring is estimated at £1500-2000 in Dix Noonan Webb’s sale of jewellery, watches and objects of vertu in central London on March 26.

The ring is chased with nautilus shells and six petal flower heads and is inscribed to the interior in Roman capitals In silenc and in hope (sic).

The line is possibly taken from the Douay-Rheims Bible, Isaiah 30:15 – For thus saith the Lord God the Holy One of Israel: If you return and be quiet, you shall be saved: in silence and in hope shall your strength be.

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The Paris Exposition Universelle in 1867 was the first exposure Emile Gallé (1846-1904) had to the influences of Islamic, Chinese, Japanese and other foreign works of art.

Signed E. GALLÉ À NANCY, this later squat 7½in (19cm) wide enamelled glass vase above depicts Persian-styled horse riders within foliage and strapwork, decorated in red, blue and green enamels with gilt work.

It is estimated at £800-1200 in The Belle Époque, a 334-lot auction of 19th century continental decorative arts at Edinburgh saleroom Lyon & Turnbull on March 20.

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