The auction calendar has been much changed by Covid 19 restrictions but with auction houses in England able to reopen premises to the public from June 15 a new normal is now set to emerge.
It will be easier for auction houses to arrange viewings as well as collection, delivery and consignments. They will need to follow government guidance on matters such as hygiene and social distancing. Some may decide to allow a number of bidders to be present in the room on auction day but it is likely that most bidding will still be taking place online via bidding platforms such as thesaleroom.com or over the phone.
Check with the auction house to understand its latest terms for storage and delivery. Remember that different devolved nations within the UK may take a different approach with regard to when auction houses can reopen premises as well as the hygiene procedures they should be following.
The sale at Piers Motley in Exmouth on June 15 includes a collection of Sunderland pink lustre wares.
A two-handled chamber pot (pictured top) is decorated with a poem about marriage and to the inside with a frog and a cross-legged figure with the text Keep me Clean and use me well, And what I see I will not tell.
Estimate £160-240. or view this item on thesaleroom.com
This ‘double action’ Tranter revolver above is by Henry Egg of No 1 Piccadilly London. Offered in its original walnut case with maker’s label, it has hopes of £1000-1500 at the Arms, Militaria, Medals & Firearms sale at Peter Wilson of Nantwich on June 18.
The sale of Jewellery & Watches at Roseberys London on June 23 includes a platinum and gemset Art Deco jabot pin pitched at £2800-3500.
Made c.1925, the terminals, in rock crystal with a diamond and French-cut sapphires, are connected by two flexible line swags alternating diamonds and sapphires.
An early 1960s Omega Speedmaster comes for sale at Aston’s in Dudley on June 11.
It was consigned for sale after auctioneer Chris Aston met a guest at a wedding in Annecy, France, and commented on his wristwatch. Surprised to learn that his inheritance may be of value, it was later consigned for sale with hopes of £10,000-15,000.
The vendor plans to get married himself this year and is hoping to raise funds.
The first sale at Woolley & Wallis since March takes place in Salisbury on June 17. The catalogue of British and Continental Ceramics and Glass includes a private collection of English delft from a West Country vendor.
This 9in (23cm) plate above, possibly made in Liverpool, is inscribed in blue with the legend Success to the Old Boy at Gasting Thomas Knowles 1763. Others from the same set are pictured in Lipski & Archer’s Dated English Delftware where the authors suggest the inscription references The Old Boy tavern in Garstang, Lancashire.
Dreweatts’ Fine Clocks, Barometers and Scientific Instruments in Newbury rescheduled for June 24 includes a 10in (25cm) French Empire ormolu and patinated bronze mantel clock in the form of a teapot.
The eight-day striking movement regulated by a disc bob pendulum is signed for Fournier horologer of Grenoble. The case is signed for Claude Galle, Paris, who created numerous gilt bronzes for the royal and subsequently imperial household.
A copy of Louis Wain’s Cats at Play by the Alexandra Publishing Company, London, is for sale at a Books & Maps auction at Greenslade Taylor Hunt in Taunton on June 25 with a guide of £50-60.
The auction at Mander in Sudbury on July 11 includes some fine antiques from Dalby Hall, Lincolnshire. Many pieces were purchased from dealers in the past decade. This 19th century leather upholstered and carved mahogany reclining armchair above was purchased from John Thompson Antiques for £8250 in 2000.
The estimate is £3000-5000.
Bishop & Miller is restarting auctions and will hold online-only sales from June. In its first ever dedicated picture auction on June 12 among the lots is a Leonard Russell Squirrell (1893-1979) signed watercolour, London Bridge, dated 1922. The watercolour is 19 x 6in (48 x 15cm) and is estimated at £500-700.
An 18th century Lowestoft porcelain teapot and cover with a polychrome floral sprays design in the so-called Curtis style has an estimate of £200-250 at Keys of Aylsham on June 13.
Against the background of the Golden Jubilee in 1887, the Royal Mint issued a small number of full proof sets of the British coinage – the first since 1853. The engraver Joseph Edgar Boehm (1834-90) was chosen to create the obverse portrait of Victoria with his initials appearing on each specimen.
There were 11 coins in the 1887 set, from the gold £5 piece to the silver threepence. A £2 piece made its first appearance in 56 years while the silver double florin was issued for the first time. Relatively few full sets survive in original cases, with one pitched at £3000-5000 as part of a sale of Coins, Tokens & Banknotes at Lacy Scott & Knight in Bury St Edmunds on June 17.
An LS Lowry monochrome offset lithograph, The Football Match, signed and numbered 466/850, has a guide of £1500-2000 at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on June 16. The 10 x 14in (25 x 35cm print is from the edition published by Grove Fine Art in 1973.
This collection of 90 Georgian woodworking planes above in little-used condition are by John Green (1768- 1808). They bear the ownership stamp of J Adin and are housed in a large mahogany-veneered cabinetmaker’s chest with a brass plate inscribed Presented by The Great Nieces of John Adney of Derby 1788-1867.
They have an estimate of £2800-4000 as part of the sale of Antique and Modern Woodworking Tools held by David Stanley in Leicestershire on June 11.
John Nicholson’s painting sale on June 12 includes an oil sketch by Maurice de Vlaminck (1876-1958). Measuring 20in x 2ft (50 x 60cm), it is inscribed verso A Andre Breton, Amicalement, Vlaminck – suggesting it was a gift from the artist to another French cultural figure, Andre Breton.
Inherited by the vendor in 1981, it has expectations of £10,000-15,000.
The Jewellery, Silver & Watches Sale at Cheffins in Cambridge on June 25 includes a set of three silver entree dishes by Sebastian Crespel II, London 1822.
There is 139oz of weighable silver with each supported in a Sheffield plated hot water bath on four shell and paw feet.
Duggleby Stephenson of York is selling some pieces from the private family collection at Harewood House, the seat of the Lascelles family, on June 19.
Following the death of the Dowager Countess of Harewood in 2018, some rationalisation of the first-floor private apartments has taken place. Other architectural items in storage are being sold to support conservation work by Harewood House Trust, an educational charity established in 1986.
A group of pictures from the Dowager Countess’ collection include this set design by John Piper for Don Giovanni at Glyndebourne in 1951 estimated at £5000-8000.