TW Gaze in Diss will offer this oak ‘double wishbone’ refectory table (pictured top) by Ernest Gimson (1864-1919) on October 28.
It comes for sale from a family who bought it in 1980 when Voewood, Norfolk, an Arts & Crafts house that had become a care home, was returned to private ownership. It had not moved from its position in a converted local chapel for 40 years, and in order to reach the auction house, banisters, handrails and doors had to be removed.
Gimson double wishbone tables of this huge size – some 10ft x 3ft 6in (3.04 x 1.04m) – are rare but another is known from a nearby source. A similar table to this one from the Aylsham Poor House sold for £67,000 at Woolley & Wallis in 2007.
The estimate in Norfolk this month is £25,000-40,000.
This ‘bright and excellent’ copy of the 1933 first Irish translation of Dracula in its dust jacket has a guide of £600-800 at Forum Auctions in London on October 22. Bram Stoker’s classic was first translated into Gaelic by Sean O’Cuirrin.
The Hoyland Collection of Gordon Russell furniture, commissioned by Geoffrey Hoyland in the 1920s for his own house will go under the hammer at Chorley’s of Prinknash Abbey, Gloucestershire, in the Modern Art & Design auction on October 27.
Hoyland was very instrumental in helping Russell establish his reputation and was an old-fashioned ‘patron’ of the fledgling company. The collection includes a sideboard guided at £800-1,200 (shown here) and a pair of walnut standard lamps with an estimate of £400-600.
During October Sworders is conducting 10 auctions, some live online, some timed, across a range of subjects from Asian Art to Books and Maps. These 2900 lots, all professionally photographed, will make for the busiest month in recent memory for the Stansted Mountfitchet firm.
A bottle of one of the world’s greatest – and most expensive – Burgundies is included in Sworders’ timed auction of wines and spirits that runs from October 30-November 8. The single 750ml bottle of Romanée-Conti, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, 1937 carries an estimate of £8,000-12,000.
The 1937 ‘DRC’ is considered the outstanding vintage of a difficult decade. Growing conditions were near perfect for a small crop of concentrated and tannic grapes that have matured across eight decades. Wine guru Serena Sutcliffe called it “pure Christmas pudding.” This particular bottle comes for sale from an antiques dealer who swapped it for some stock. Whether this proves to be a good deal will be revealed on November 8.
Decades in advance of Britain’s Slave Emancipation Act of 1833, 275 British men, women and children attempted to settle the uninhabited island of Bulama off the coast of Sierra Leone and were reduced to three in 17 months.
Their aim was to prove that sugarcane, coffee and cotton could be cultivated profitably in West Africa without slave labour. Indeed, the brainchild of the experiment, Henry Hew Dalrymple, intended to employ his family’s slaves, who he had recently freed from their plantation on the Caribbean island of Grenada, at Bulama.
One of the survivors was the settlement’s 27-year old governor Lt (later Capt) Philip Beaver RN, who reluctantly returned to London in 1793, taking with him a tin box containing the colony’s records, which he used as the basis of his book African Memoranda (1805).
The Bulama papers, which number about 90, have barely seen the light of day since, until they were rediscovered by the descendants of Captain Beaver earlier this year.
They are now on offer at Tayler & Fletcher’s October 29-30 auction in Cheltenham estimated at £2000-3000.
This rare block printed silk and linen bedspread is made to a design by Percy Wyndham Lewis. Dating from c.1914, it was probably made at the short-lived Rebel Art Centre – the offshoot of the Omega Workshops set up by Lewis after disagreements with the Bloomsbury set.
The vibrant design of repeating animal motifs and bands of pastel colour is known from a number of other similar pieces sold at auction in the past decade. Measuring 8ft 4in x 5ft 11in (2.55 x 1.8m), it carries an estimate of £2000-3000 at Lyon & Turnbull’s Modern Made sale at The Mall Galleries, London, on October 23.
First-edition books, rare maps and other collectables will be on offer at the Cheffins biannual Library Sale on October 29 at the firm’s salerooms in Cambridge.
Among the drawings is this original work by cartoonist, Ronald Searle, creator of the St Trinian’s series. This pen and ink drawing dates from 1952 and has an estimate of £600-800 and is likely to Cambridge collectors, given its local light-hearted collegiate subject matter.
The Petroliana and Automobilia sale at Richard Edmonds in Chippenham on October 31 includes this Texaco Motor Oil pint measure in bright condition guided at £100-150.
The Photographica sale at Chiswick Auctions on October 28 includes an album of photographs by Captain Thomas Honywood (1819-88).
Working from 1851 onwards, only a decade after William Henry Fox Talbot invented the calotype process, these 170 calotypes and albumen prints, dating from 1851 onwards, include some of the earliest images of the Surrey and Sussex landscape. Many depict the people and places of Honywood’s native Horsham.
As well as his photographic skills, Honywood was also a scientist and archaeologist, famously discovering the ‘Horsham Hoard’ of medieval pottery during one of his many excavations in West Sussex – the photographs of which are included in the album.
Dreweatts’ sale in Newbury on November 4 titled The Spirit of the English Country House includes property from three different sources.
Estimated at £3000-5000 is this set of eight George II mahogany hall chairs, c.1750, inspired by the Italian Renaissance sgabello. They are closely related to a set of 18 oak chairs at Ham House, Surrey, made by the London craftsman George Nix (1664-1756), for which a bill for £18 survives.
Dreweatts’ set came from Rockbeare Manor, Devon, built c.1769 for the Exeter wool merchant and banker Sir John Duntze. They were last sold by Bearnes, Hampton & Littlewood in 2015.
This Bank of England £5 note signed by Matthew Marshall and dated December 28, 1863, is among the highlights of a sale of British, Irish and World Banknotes at Dix Noonan Webb on October 28.
Probably the finest early black and white note Andrew Pattison cataloguer has ever seen, it is estimated at £10,000-12,000.
He says: “When it was printed in 1863, this Marshall £5 represented the absolute height of Victorian technology. All of the recent advances in paper making, printing and watermarking, are clearly visible. In fact, this exact design was used until 1956 – a further 93 years - so the fact that it has survived in this condition, almost as if it had been printed yesterday, is miraculous.”
A Beatles themed sale at Omega Auctions of Newton-Le-Willows, Merseyside, on October 28 includes this Yellow Submarine alarm clock c.1968 made in West Germany. It comes in working order with a guide of £400-450.
The Skipper Carrera Ref 7753/54, nicknamed the Skiperrera, was the first of the Heuer skipper models and a trophy lot in the collecting sphere. Taking colour references from the 1967 America’s Cup winner the Intrepid, it was made in a very limited run c.1970 with perhaps as few as 20 having been produced.
One of them has been consigned to the Luxury Watch Sale at Fellows in Birmingham on October 26. The estimate is £45,000-65,000.
Golding Young’s Grantham Fine Ceramics & Asian Art Sale on October 28 includes 20 lots of Indian silver once owned by Sir Malcolm Hailey (1872-1969), Governor to the Punjab from 1924-28 and Governor of the United Provinces from 1928-34.
Typical of the offering is this 13½in (34cm) freedom casket with tiger knop and presentation shield reading Presented to HE Sir Malcolm Hailey KT KC SI CIE Governor to the Punjab by the Aman Sabha and notable of Rawalpindi on the 4th August 1924.
The estimate is £400-600.