Portraits of young women in outdoor settings were the key output of Victorian watercolourist Charles Sillem Lidderdale (1831-95).
This monogrammed and dated example from 1873 is titled In Disgrace, the subject relegated to the corner of a room on this occasion (shown above).
At the three-day sale at Claydon Auctioneers in Middle Claydon, Buckinghamshire, on December 29-31, it is estimated at £4000-5000.
This Art Nouveau butterfly-shaped modesty screen with a mahogany frame and leaded glass and fabric panels, 4ft 9in (1.46m) high, will carry a guide of £1200-1800 at Special Auction Services in Dudley on December 22-23.
The silver sale at Lawrences of Crewkerne on January 18 includes this mid-19th century Chinese trophy by Khecheong of Canton.
Standing 16in (40cm) high, chased with foliage, birds and scrolls, and applied with two dragon handles, it has a shield inscribed Hong Kong Races 1850 Celestial Cup, Presented by D Jardine Esq won by Mr Dudgeon’s Great Western. Ridden by J King Esq, HM 59th Regt.
Struck to the pedestal base with both pseudo hallmarks and the maker’s mark KHC, it fits the description of a trophy shown at the Great Exhibition in 1851,
It comes for sale by descent from the original recipient with a guide of £2000-3000.
Two paintings by the Maltese artist Frank Portelli (1923-2004) uncovered in a Gloucestershire storage unit will be offered by Smiths of Newent on January 7, estimated separately at £2000-4000 and £3000-5000.
The saleroom says the works were found covered in dust, dirt and cobwebs. They had been “stored for many years without the owner knowing anything of their importance or provenance. They were brought to the auction house with a large consignment of other paintings and antiques as the vendor is trying to clear some space in his unit.”
Portelli was a leading light in the Maltese Modern art movement and he exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1958. The two works (one shown here) are from his Contours Series and are signed and dated 1974.
Tennants of Leyburn will be starting the New Year with a 900-lot Townhouse & Country House sale on January 14-15.
Day two will offer an eclectic mix of Country House furniture, paintings, works of art and collector’s items, and include the Selected Contents of North Carlton Old Hall, Lincolnshire, as instructed by the executors of the late Mr and Mrs Peter Heneage.
One highlight is this 17th century tapestry depicting Samson taking action against the Philistines by burning their cornfields, olive groves and vineyards.
The first Charterhouse sale of the New Year includes furnishings from a 17th century former rectory, decorative arts and more modern items.
The Sherborne, Dorset, auction house is offering Mid-century furnishings such as Ercol, G-Plan, Danish and other dining room suites, occasional tables and cocktail cabinets along with decorative ceramics and glass.
Estimated at £200-300 on January 6-7 is this G-Plan teak sideboard.
A 19th century George III gold stick pin having a finial in the form of a hand holding a carved black and white agate flower cameo clasped within the fingers is on offer at East Bristol Auctions on January 5.
The 7cm item, weight 2.3g, is unmarked and the saleroom says tests indicate 9ct gold to the stick pin and approximately 18ct gold.
The estimate at the Antique & Vintage Jewellery, Gold & Silver auction is £1200-1800.
This 18th century Chinese export plate was made for the Dutch market. Decorated in pink, the central scene shows a rigged ship with the inscription Dus Leydons Vriendschap.
At Eastbourne Auctions in East Sussex on January 12-14 it is guided at £300-500.