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The Royal Crown Derby porcelain factory has opened its store cupboards for a 151-lot sale conducted by local auction house Bamfords on September 21. Most of the offerings are trial pieces showing the colour range charts and were not made for the retail market. Bidding begins at £5 for this prototype swallow-form paperweight.


The sale titled Selections & Collections at Rogers Jones in Cardiff on September 13 includes a six-volume copy of the French furniture dictionary Dictionnaire Raisonné du Mobilier Français de L’Epoque Carlovingienne à la Renaissance estimated at £200-400.

Part of its appeal is that each of the volumes (dated 1868-75) carries a label reading From the Library of Edward Burne-Jones, The Grange, North End Road, Fulham. The books come from sale of W Clarke, a historic Cardiff company of stonemasons and structural engineers.

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The Association of Woodturners of Great Britain is conducting a timed online sale via thesaleroom.com titled the Ray Key Collaboration Auction. The 118 pieces were commissioned following the death of Key, a master woodturner.

Woodturners from five continents were sent unfinished pieces from his workshop to finish in their own style. Bidding for this 3½in (9cm) hollow form in coloured canary wood by Bob Chapman opens at £60 with the sale closing on October 13.


A collection of prints by the British fashion photographer Norman Parkinson (1913-90) will be offered at Forum Auctions in a sale on September 17.

The collection comes from Parkinson’s former studio assistant Angela Williams who worked with him during the 1960s in Twickenham. She received them as a gift on the closure of his London studio and spent two decades researching the silver prints.

The Angela Williams archive sale has no reserves with most lots guided under £500.

A 15 x 12in (38 x 30.5cm) gelatin silver print of actress Audrey Hepburn, her actor husband Mel Ferrer and a donkey was taken near Rome in 1955 during the filming of War and Peace.

It is estimated at £150-200.

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