This bronze bust (pictured top) of engineer Peter Brotherhood (1838–1902) is by Emma Cadwallader-Guild (1843-c.1911), the American sculptor born in Ohio who moved to London in the 1880s.
From 1885-98 she exhibited portraits works at the Royal Academy, only returning to the US to fulfil portrait commissions that included Andrew Carnegie and William McKinley.
Brotherhood was the inventor of the Brotherhood radial engine used for the Navy’s self-propelled Whitehead torpedoes.
It comes for sale at Barry Hawkins in Downham Market, Norfolk, on April 21 with a guide of £1500-2000.
The April 15 sale at H&H Auction Rooms in Carlisle includes a collection of studio ceramics acquired from the Potfest festival and market (held in Penrith since 1994). This large vase by the renowned Japanese potter Fumihiro Fuyushiba has an estimate of £100-150.
The life’s work of international bestselling author Craig Thomas (1942-2011) is coming to auction.
Craig Thomas’ 1977 landmark novel Firefox was made into the 1982 Hollywood blockbuster of the same name directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. Completed in just four-and-a-half-months, the book was reprinted 33 times over the next 17 years.
Copyright to the book and the former English teacher’s 17 other novels – including two published under the pseudonym David Grant (see picture) – will be sold together as one collection by Richard Winterton Auctioneers on Monday, April 12. A notice of copyright assignment will be provided to the new owner.
The collection is expected to fetch £20,000-50,000. Auctioneer Richard Winterton said: “We are especially pleased to be carrying out the sale on the instructions of the estate of Craig’s wife Jill as they lived for many years in Whittington, just a couple of miles from us here at The Lichfield Auction Centre.”
The sale at Jones & Jacob in Watlington, Oxfordshire, on April 14 includes this 5in (12cm) terracotta roundel of Catherine the Great by the Italian medallist Jean Baptiste Nini (1717-86).
In a technique of his own invention, Nini refined the local clay through a process of elutriation and used it to cast these medallions from finely engraved copper moulds.
This 9in (22cm) square Rex Whistler (1905-44) ink and watercolour illustration for the book cover of Clemence Dane's Broome Stages is from the collection of producer-choreographer Sir Peter Wright. It is expected to bring £1000-2000 at Kings Russell in London on April 20.
A George V silver and peacock enamel caddy spoon marked for Omar Ramsden and Alwyn Carr (London 1913) is expected to bring £750-950 at the Cotswold Auction Company, Cirencester, on April 13-14.
A large ivory teetotum, lottery or gambling ball is one of a number of lots of ivory coming up for sale in Tennants’ Antiques & Interiors auction on April 10.
Measuring 2¾in (7cm) in diameter, it is thought to date from the early 18th century and has 32 numbered sides.
Tennants says that such gambling balls usually measure approximately 4.5cm. Teetotum or gambling balls were developed in the 17th century for use in lotteries.
The number 1 side of this example is also incised with a crown, which certified that the gambling ball had not been weighted and was true and fair. Examples incised with the initials of the reigning king or queen have also been found.
All these ivory lots will be sold without estimate.
This porcelain and ormolu 'Japonaise' mantel clock garniture, c.1880, is pitched at £7000-10,000 at Dreweatts’ clocks sale in Newbury on April 21.
The full identity of the painter of the simulated cloisonné porcelain panels – signed as C Kiffert – appears not to be recorded. However, this signature is sometimes seen on large porcelain vases often executed in the style of Sévres.
The clock case is surmounted by a dragon carp – a mythical beast from the legend of Koi-no-Takinobori.
A sale of Asian works of art at McTear’s in Glasgow, on April 9 includes this 16in (39cm) Qing famille rose vase decorated with butterflies. With a six-character Qianlong reign mark to the base, it is guided at £2000-3000.
This 17in (44cm) lyre clock painted in blush ivory colours and mounted with a brass and cloisonne dial is marked to the base Royal Worcester, 1385, and signed M Hale.
The rare model dates to 1889. At the April 22 sale at Lawrences of Crewkerne, it is guided at £500-700.
The last lot of the sale at Baldwin’s of St James’s on April 14 is this 4in (10cm) Russian silver commemorative medal marking the opening of the Suram Tunnel in Georgia in 1890. The designer was the German-born medallist Leopold Christianovich Steinman.
As demonstrated to the reverse, the project involved dynamiting through a mountain so oil could be transported to the Black Sea (via the Caucasus Mountains on a track between Baku and Batum). The obverse shows the head of Alexander III (1881-94) alongside female figures personifying the cities of Kutaisi and Tbilisi flanking the tunnel entrance – from which emerges a steam engine.
David Duggleby in Scarborough on April 9 will sell a single-owner collection of pocket watches. Estimated at £1800-2200 is this 18ct gold pair cased English lever fusee pocket watch by John Bolton, Durham, in a case marked for Chester 1819.
A collection of Scottish provincial silver flatwares at Taylors in Montrose on April 8 includes this fiddle pattern fish slice by George Booth, Aberdeen, c.1815.
Andrew Smith & Son of Alresford is offering a previously unrecorded and rare Polynesian akatara (pole or spear club), Rarotongan/Atui, from the Cook Islands.
Made of toa (ironwood), the slender shaft is topped by a stone carved splayed head with serrated scalloped edge and carved pommel end, featuring ‘well-balanced and deep patination’.
It is catalogued by the Hampshire auction house as probably late 18th/19th century and is 7ft 1in (2.15m) long, the head 3in (8cm) at its widest.
The vendor’s family purchased Nocton Hall, Lincolnshire, in 1889 from George Robinson, 1st Marquis Rippon. The pole comes by descent to the auction on April 15.
Two original Victorian photographs of well-known Pre-Raphaelite muse Julia Prinsep Stephen (nee Jackson) are expected to bring £500-800 as part of the Out of The Ordinary auction at Sworders on April 13-14.
The original supermodel, Julia Jackson was deemed one of the most beautiful women of her age. She sat for many artists including William Holman Hunt (who proposed marriage) and was the favourite model of Julia Margaret Cameron (her maternal aunt and godmother).
After the death of her first husband Herbert Duckworth, a barrister and member of the Somerset landed gentry, she refused to contemplate remarrying for many years. However, in 1878 she accepted the proposal of the writer and critic Leslie Stephen with whom she would have four more children – all of them influential members of what would be known as the Bloomsbury Group
The Polar Medal was instituted by Edward VII following the return of Captain Scott’s Discovery expedition in 1904. The image of Discovery with a sledging party in the foreground was designed by Ernest Gillick, and the bust of King Edward VII by GW de Saulles.
This silver medal was seemingly never awarded as it is stamped ‘specimen’ to the edge.
It is estimated £500-700 at Stroud Auctions on April 14-15.