Among the most coveted of the designs created by Lucien Ercolini for Ercol is the elm and beech sofa bed (above) with a ‘surfboard’ back. This example has a guide of £500-700 at W&H Peacock in Bedford on November 13.
This set of four 19th century Grand Tour bronzes set to square sienna marble bases, 8½in (22cm) tall, has a guide of £1200-1800 at East Bristol Auctions on November 13.
This photo, showing the Hon Charles Rolls seated in his 1902 MORS racing car, is one of the images from a set of 164 original Argent Archer half-plate and full-plate prints taken from the original glass plate negatives.
It is part of the Bryan Goodman Collection of Early Motoring Photographs and Archive.
This single-owner collection is being sold by Transport Collector Auctions (in partnership with Lawrences of Crewkerne) on December 16.
This gold stater with the laureate head of Apollo carries the name in Greek of Philip II of Macedon c.359-336 BC.
The design on both sides of these famous coins – this one struck in Pella, the ancient capital of Macedonia – was politically inspired. The racing chariot reminded people that Philip himself had been a champion charioteer in the Olympic games. The choice of Apollo positioned Philip and his fellow Macedonians as true Greeks.
Norwich coin specialist Chris Rudd expects it will bring £2500 as part of a timed online sale closing on November 15.
This heavily carved early Victorian oak davenport desk, a riot of caryatids and mask heads, bears the stamp for Miles & Edwards, Oxford Street. At Rogers Jones in Cardiff on November 13 it has a guide of £300-500.
The firm of Miles & Edwards began operating as furniture makers and sellers of fabrics and accessories for upholstery and curtains at 134 Oxford Street, London in 1822. The firm was bought by Charles Hindley & Sons in 1844.
The material culture of the Merovingians, who occupied much of modern France and western Germany from the 5th until the mid 8th century, is particularly known for its rich metalwork tradition, including jewellery and weapons.
This ring, c.600-700, combines elaborate goldwork with richly coloured gemstones and is described as ‘the property of an established London gallery, acquired from a private estate collection formed in the 1970s’.
It has a guide of £2000-4000 at Pax Romana in London on November 15.
The Winter Sewing Sale at Bleasdales of Leamington Spa will be conducted as a timed online auction via thesaleroom.com. Closing on November 18, it includes the first tranche of the Hamlin collection of Tunbridge Ware, where this scarce Euclid puzzle has a guide of £80-120.
This gem-set and enamel pendant by Carlo & Arthur Giuliano in original fitted green leather case by Guichard comes by descent from George Corderoy (1860-1923), founder of Corderoy & Co. Remarkably it is accompanied by original purchase receipt dated October 25, 1900, from C&A Giuliano for £22.
At the Woolley & Wallis Fine Jewellery sale in Salisbury on December 9-10 the estimate is £3000-5000.
The 12 x 17in (30 x 42cm) pencil and watercolour, Munitions Factory, by William Roberts (1895-1980), carries expectations of £70,000-100,000 at Bonhams’ sale of Modern British & Irish Art in London on November 18. It was last on the market in 1976 when it was bought by Lady Dugdale at Michael Parkin Fine Art, London.
Roberts, who had been an official war artist during The Great War, created this work shortly after the outbreak of conflict again in September 1939. Depicting the figures at work in the Woolwich Arsenal, it amounts to a detailed preparatory study for the finished oil of the same title in the City of Salford Museums and Art Gallery.
It was a natural subject for Roberts who himself had worked in a Tufnell Park munitions factory during 1915.
This Edwardian cased rose quartz and silver gilt parasol handle, together with eight lacquered brass canopy tips, come in a fitted velvet and tooled leather Mappin & Webb case.
Estimate £300-400 at Special Auction Services in Newbury on November 12.
The Autumn Fine Sale at Tennants in Leyburn on November 14 includes this Victorian mahogany noctuary painted dial wall clock used to monitor the rounds of a night watchman.
Marked below the wheel John Whitehurst Patent, the clock is thought to have originally hung at Kedleston Hall and was later sold to the Rolls-Royce works in Derby in 1906-7. After the Second World War it was transferred to Roll-Royce at Crewe, from where it was privately sold to Ireland.
The silver Battle of Coorg medal was awarded by the Honourable East India Company to senior members of the local forces who remained loyal during the Coorg rebellion of 1837.
Around the perimeter is the inscription in Canarese script: A mark of favour given for loyalty to the Company’s Government in suppressing rebellion in the months of April and May 1837. The reverse shows crossed knives and other Coorg ornaments within a wreath. It is thought 44 were struck in gold (in three thicknesses depending on the status of the recipient) and 300 in silver at the Calcutta Mint for presentation in December 1839.
This good example has expectations of £450-500 at Lockdales in Ipswich on November 14-15.
An Italian sardonyx cameo of Omphale, probably Roman, c.1810-20, is estimated at £5000-7000 with Matthew Barton at Olympia Auctions on November 18.
Omphale, a Lydian queen, became the wife of Hercules. Following advice from the oracle at Delphi, the hero was enslaved in recompense for the slaying of Iphitos; purchased by Omphale, his strength and beauty resulted in their marriage on his release.
The hairstyle with floral headband and strongly Neo-classical profile of this cameo bear close affinities with the ‘Ideal Head’ of Antonio Canova (1757-1822), presented by the sculptor to the Duke of Wellington, which arrived in England in 1818.
This 2 x 1in (5 x 2.5cm) cameo, perhaps later set in an unmarked gold brooch mount, comes to auction from the estate of Harriet Bull Pitman (nee Brown, 1922-2019), of the ‘Brown-Goodwin’ House in Marblehead Old Town, Massachusetts.
The house was purchased in 1832 by William Peach Brown (1780-1838), son of Captain John Brown, a privateer during the American Revolution. It remained in the Brown family for six succeeding generations.
The sale at Forum Auctions in London on November 18 comprises selected books from the library at Rugby School. This plate comes from a first edition, second issue of Robert Hooke’s most famous work, the 1667 Micrographia: or some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies made by Magnifying Glasses with Observations and Inquiries there-upon.
Lacking one of the 38 engraved plates (some of them probably engraved by Sir Christopher Wren), it is expected to bring £6000-8000.
The sale at Claydon Auctioneers in Buckinghamshire on November 16-17 includes this set of seven Regency period wrought iron strap back garden chairs.
The sale at Brighton & Hove Auctions on November 13 includes this Bakelite Tesla Talisman 308U value radio. The streamlined design conceived in the 1930s was the most popular of the Tesla range made in Czechoslovakia in the 1950s. Estimate £50-80.