A bronze maquette of Eric Morecambe by Graham Ibbeson, made to secure the commission of the famous statue of the comedian that graces the Morecambe Bay seafront, is for sale at Tennants on April 23.
Barnsley-born Ibbeson’s life-size statue of was unveiled in 1999 by the queen.
This maquette measures just 15in (38.5cm high) and is the artist’s proof from Ibbeson’s private collection. Only 10 bronzes were cast from the mould before it was destroyed.
This pair of George III giltwood girandoles, c.1780, are in the Adam style, surmounted with anthemion and a classical urn.
Bought by the vendor at Ossowski Fine 18th Century Gilt Mirrors in 1997 at a cost of £11,000, they come for sale at Byrnes in Chester on April 22 with a guide of £4000-6000.
The April 21-22 Gentleman’s Library sale at Mallams Oxford includes this 19th century oak box containing a large quantity of mineral and fossil specimens together with a Victorian geologist’s brass hammer.
From the estate of the late Colonel Polley, it is estimated at £400-600.
Estimated at £4000-5000, this oil on canvas laid down on board titled A setter retrieving a grouse is by Richard Ansdell RA (1815-85) and will be included in the April 22-23 auction at Fieldings in Stourbridge, West Midlands. It is signed with initials and dated 1864, and comes framed, 12 x 19in (31 x 48cm).
Ansdell, a prolific artist, was elected Associate of the Royal Academy in 1861 and Royal Academician in 1870. He became one of the most successful Victorian sporting artists.
Portrait of a Lady in a pink dress, attributed to Claude Deruet (Nancy, 1588-1660), is one of the works on offer in Chiswick Auctions’ sale of Old Master Paintings & Drawings on April 22. The oil on canvas, 2ft 4½in x 23½in (73 x 60cm), is estimated at £4000-6000.
The work, says the saleroom, reflects Deruet’s style of sublime feminine beauty, or ‘façon Deruet’ as it was known at the time, which he had developed in 1640s. Fascinated by the concept of feminine beauty, he became the preferred portraitist for many leading ladies of the day.
Deruet trained in the workshop of Jacques Bellange (1575-1616), and then in Italy with Cavaliere d’Arpino (1568-1640) and Antonio Tempesta (1555-1630). He was appointed chief painter to the duchy of Lorraine in 1620 by Henry II and painted Louis XIII in 1624.
This small John Ward stoneware vase in green and white c.1993 stands 4in (10cm) high.
At the Stamford Auction Rooms in Lincolnshire on April 24 the guide is £500-800.
A timed online sale at Thimbleby & Shorland in Reading closing on April 25 includes a large number of Victorian measures.
This set of 10 bronze measures is graduated from the Imperial gallon to a quarter gill. Each with VR and GR stamps, they are inscribed County of Wilts with Borough of Devizes struck through.
This chrysolite and enamel decorated gold necklace by Carlo & Arthur Giuliano in fitted case with the silk lid lining signed C&A Giualiano 115 Piccadilly is estimated at £7000-9000 in the Woolley & Wallis auction in Salsbury on April 29.
This rare Amphora ‘Bat and Berry’ vase was designed by Paul Dachsel and made by Reissner, Stellmacher & Kessel, c.1901.
It stands 21in (53cm) high. With some restoration to the open work stem, it has a guide of £8000-10,000 at Roseberys’ sale of Decorative Arts 1860 to the Present Day in London on April 27.
Marked for George Nathan & Ridley Hayes, Chester 1907, this 6in (15cm) Edwardian Arts & Crafts cup worked to the bowl with a face and a border of trailing vines is for sale at Huntly Auctions in Turriff, Aberdeenshire, on April 27.
The well-known Thelma Shepley tiles collection, many of which have been documented in books, is on offer in a 400-lot dedicated auction at Cottees of Poole, Dorset, on April 24.
She had moved to Canada with her family for five years in the 1960s but her love of tiles started before leaving and she would pick them up in antique shops in the Maidstone area.
This interest turned into a passionate hobby when the family returned to the UK in January 1971. Living south of Guildford and in this same area for the rest of their lives, Thelma and Stewart Shepley would spend many weekends seeking out and purchasing tiles from antique shops and markets in Dorking, Shalford, Guildford, Horsham and Haslemere but also in London and the East Midlands.
Shepley collected Dutch tiles but mainly Victorian and Edwardian. She became extremely knowledgeable and was a member of the Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society. The collection was consigned to Cottees by the family and with the help of Chris Blanchett, one of the world’s leading tile experts.
Shown above are three of 12 tiles by John Moyr Smith for the Minton China Works, in the Seasons series (spring, summer, autumn, winter), each 6in (15cm) square, estimated £200-300 for the 12 together. As a freelance designer, Moyr Smith worked at Minton from 1872-79.
When Margaret Bide died in April 2019, aged 82, her cousins became administrator of her estate. They had little idea what an inventory of the properties would reveal.
A small cottage next to the University of the Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey, and a group of buildings in the tiny hamlet of Pentrefelin in Ceredigion, Wales, were key to her life and work.
Bide had studied textiles at Farnham and went on to become a lecturer and later department head. Her passion was for woven textiles.
In 1965, after completing a survey of over 80 Welsh woollen mills, she purchased the derelict Glanffrwd Mill in Wales. Restoration of the mill became her life’s work. Her aim had been to open a museum and study centre there, but this never came to fruition.
Bide’s collection, which includes a huge group of 19th century Welsh blankets and traditional Welsh clothing, will now be sold by Young’s Auctions of Farnham on April 24-25, with items from the Welsh properties on offer at Peter Francis, in Carmarthen, Wales, on May 12.
Shown here is a rare wholecloth quilt from Coleshill House, Berkshire, c.1750, stitched with a repeat pattern of palm forms within diamond shapes, with a border of trailing flowers and leaves.
The 4ft 4in x 5ft 4in (1.32 x 1.62m) quilt, which bears a card for the 1937 Art Treasures of The West Country exhibition, was previously owned by the potter Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie whose family lived at Coleshill House from the mid 17th to the mid 20th century.
Pianos by the highly regarded Copenhagen maker Andreas Christensen are known for their distinctive case designs.
This instrument c.1944 has a satin birch case by the renowned Danish architect and designer Poul Henningsen (1894-1967).
At Piano Auctions in Langley, near Slough, on April 27 it is expected to sell at £4000-6000.
At Wilkinson’s in Doncaster on April 24-25 this 17th century Wrotham-ware tyg dated 1676 is guided at £800-1200.
The 5in (13cm) dark brown glazed red clay vessel is ornamented with a row of rosette studs, moulded medallions, initials and a date panel 1676. It has an Eila Grahame collection label to the base.
This 7in (17cm) bowl by Lucie Rie, with oxidised bronze and yellow glazed decoration, comes with an original receipt dated 1983.
At the Truro Auction Rooms in Redruth on April 23 it is expected to bring £800-1200.
From a private collection of early naval silver offered by Charles Miller in London on April 27 comes this Charles II presentation tankard (pictured above).
Carrying marks for Francis Singleton, London, 1672, it is engraved to the front The Owners of the Ane Frigate Gift 1672.
There was a tradition within the East India Company of rewarding faithful service with a silver tankard, generally to a value of £10.
This piece was probably the gift of Henry Johnson (c.1623-83), Matthew Andrews (c.1630-1711) and William Wood (1611-78) to Captain Zachary Browne (c.1621-93), commander of the Ane (sometimes Anne or Great Anne) a 34 gun-armed frigate constructed at Henry Johnson’s Blackwall yard in 1669.
Chartered on completion by the East India Company, the ship returned from Bantam in April 1672 laden with company and private goods, such as pepper, spices, textiles and jewels.