A Lowestoft pug goes under the hammer as part of Keys’ three-day auction on in Aylsham on March 27-29. The piece, sponged in manganese with a blue collar and eyes, belongs to a relatively small group of animal models produced by the Suffolk porcelain factory in the late 18th century.
Leading Viennese cold-painted bronze artist Franz Xavier Bergman (1861-1936) specialised in producing highly detailed animal subjects. This early 20th century study of a large curled lizard above is priced at £2650 from Hickmet Fine Arts in Portobello Road, London.
The 8in (21cm) long piece is signed with the Bergman B in an amphora vase, numbered and stamped Geschutzt.
A dated and inscribed Charles II wassail bowl is among the stars of Woolley & Wallis’ sale of Furniture, Works of Art and Clocks sale in Salisbury on April 3.
Made from lignum vitae, it is engraved with the Latin inscription Fill up with old wine that is really juicy. Tried in Latin in the year 1681. The gift of Jacob Smith Esq.
It was probably presented as a gift and used at a wedding between the Smith and the Isaac family, whose coat of arms are also engraved on the cup.
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A late 19th century bone-handled Arab dagger with a filigree-decorated late 18th century blade will form part of the inaugural sale at Knightsbridge auction house Kings Russell on March 28.
The short curved khanjar or jambiya dagger – a design that originated from Yemen – is made of ‘high carat gold’ and comes with a scabbard set with five baguette-cut stones, possibly rubies, and woven with gold rings.
It was gifted to the deceased previous owner while on duty for the British government in the Middle East.