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A private single-owner collection of vintage taxidermy amounting to around 50 lots will be offered in a three-day sale at Unique Auctions in Lincoln on March 22-24.

Items range in date from the early Victorian period to the turn of the 20th century and include a variety of birds in realistic cased settings, from Oriental Japanese pheasants and a great crested grebe to wading birds and snowy owls.

This European eagle-owl, housed in a large 2ft 9in (85cm) high glass dome, is estimated at £120-150.

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Despite a successful career as an artist, Barbara Dorf (1933-2016) is not widely known today. Born in north London, the daughter of a Polish furrier, she was educated at the North London Collegiate before studying at the Central School of Arts and Crafts and later winning a scholarship to the Slade School of Fine Art.

Based in a studio in Notting Hill, she was a regular contributor to the Royal Academy summer exhibitions and had many one-woman shows including at the Michael Parkin Gallery and Maas Gallery. Her book, Beginners Guide to Painting in Oils, was published in 1971.

Blue Plaques, a 4 x 5½in (9 x 13cm) watercolour, is priced at £50 from London firm Sarah Colegrave Fine Art, which concentrates on works by British artists active from 1850-1950.

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A near-complete first edition run of a little-known tale by Beatrix Potter will be included in the 25th anniversary sale at Surrey saleroom Ewbank’s on March 22.

The group of 92 copies of The Tale of The Faithful Dove has been consigned by descendants of the author’s publishers and is being offered in individual lots estimated at £200-400. The lowest available issue number is three, pictured right.

Potter wrote the unillustrated story in 1907 for the children of her publisher, Frederick Warne, just two years after her fiancé, Norman Warne, the youngest of the three Warne siblings, died of pernicious anaemia. But it was not until 1955, 12 years after Potter’s death, that the first edition made it into print. Limited to 100 numbered copies, plus a few spares, the edition was never intended for public sale. Just a few copies were distributed as gifts for valued clients and friends of the firm.

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A sale of Welsh art and antiques at Rogers Jones in Cardiff on March 23 will contain a total of five works on paper by Swansea artist Arthur Charlton (1917-2007).

This 11 x 15in (28 x 38cm) colour lithograph of Swansea footballers playing against a team at the Swans’ old Vetch Field ground, c.1950s, is estimated at £100-150.

Born in Hartlepool, Charlton studied at Hartlepool College of Art before volunteering for service in the RAF at the outbreak of the Second World War.

He became a prisoner of war between 1942-45 and recorded daily life using whatever materials he could find, including bitumen paper, biscuit wrappers and the backs of labels from tins.

Many of these works were bequeathed to the Imperial War Museum in 1984.

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