McTear’s glass and ceramics sale in Glasgow on July 1 includes this Clarice Cliff Stamford pattern tea for two service in the Blue Chintz design.
Missing a saucer, the estimate is £200-300.
An early wassail bowl and cover comes for sale at Woolley & Wallis as part of the Furniture and Works of Art sale on July 6-7.
This textbook Charles II example made in lignum vitae, c.1660-70, comes for sale from the estate of Peter Mactaggart (1931-2020) whose family ran an antiques shop in Welwyn, Hertfordshire, from the late 1940s to the early 1970s.
Remarkably the lid retains, to the underside, its brass and Surrey enamel type roundel or ‘print’ depicting the Royal Coat of Arms of Charles II. When the piece was featured in Apollo magazine in December 1936 as part of an article titled The Wassail Bowl and the Custom of Wassailing at Christmas Time the author Owen Evan-Thomas wrote: “This is the only wassail bowl I have ever seen containing under the lid its original ‘print’.”
The silver and jewellery sale at Dreweatts in Newbury on July 7 includes this 6¼in (16cm) high 17th century straight-tapered tankard by Anthony Ficketts.
It carries the date letter that corresponds to the period July 13, 1659, to July 12 1660, raising the possibility that it was made during the final days of the de facto republic led by Richard Cromwell or during the very early days of the restoration of Charles II. The armorial shield for Stafferton is later.
The Islamic & Indian art sale at Chiswick Auctions in London on July 16 includes, estimated at £1500-2000, an 18th or early 19th century Dutch colonial tortoiseshell and silver mounted casket.
Boxes such as this, fashioned by craftsmen in Batavia (modern-day Jakarta), are traditionally associated with the storage of betel nuts and vine leaves.
The centuries-old Indonesian habit of chewing betel nut, the fruit of the reach palm, was quickly adopted by settlers from the Dutch East India Company who appreciated both its psychoactive properties and its importance as a local social ritual.
John Joseph Miller and Leslie John Miller are believed to be the only father and son to be awarded the Polar Medal. Their honours are coming up for auction at Warren & Wignall on July 14.
Both served on the RRS Discovery/ Discovery II. The group comprises George V First World War and later trio; Polar Medal with Antarctic 1929-31 bar, British War Medal and Mercantile Marine War Medal, all inscribed JOHN J. MILLER, and George VI Polar Medal with Antarctic 1931-35 bar inscribed LESLIE JOHN MILLER.
The lot includes a display of photographs and newspaper articles and with John Joseph’s membership certificate for the Antarctic Club.
The medals have been consigned to the Leyland, Lancashire, saleroom by direct family descent. Estimate £7000-10,000.
This pair of late 19th century pottery chargers offered by Special Auction Services in Newbury on July 6 carry the mark for the French ‘father of art pottery’ Theodore Deck (1823-91) and the signature of Ernest Carrière (1858-1908). They measure 15in (37cm) including the frames.
Carrière was part of Deck’s studio and a celebrated painter of the day. A similar pheasant dish designed by Deck and executed by Carrière in part of the collection at the V&A. Estimate £2000-3000.
This Eterna ‘Dirty Dozen’ military wristwatch is a good example of the strict specifications laid out by the British MoD in the Second World War.
Twelve companies delivered on the contract for soldiers’ timepieces – civilian watches being deemed not accurate enough – yet apparently few of the firms involved kept a tally of numbers produced.
Whereas Omega’s Dirty Dozen is known to have been made 25,000 times, research suggests as few at 5000 of the Eterna variation were produced.
This example, appearing in Richard Winterton’s July 5 sale in Lichfield, ‘running, functioning and in very good condition’, is estimated at £600-800.
The sale also features a swathe of vintage Omega and Rolex, including a 1973 stainless steel Rolex Explorer II reference 1655, calibre 1570 (estimate £10,000-12,000) and a 1985 Rolex GMT-Master ref 1655 calibre 3075 (£9000-12,000).
This walrus ivory gambling ball or teetotuml carries an estimate of £1500-2000 in a timed sale of Jewellery, Silver, Watches and Objet d’art held by David Lay in Penzance which ends on July 4.
Probably dating from the 17th century, multi-faceted balls such as this were used in lotteries, the crown seal suggesting it had been approved for accuracy.
This mystery amethyst snake necklace, from a house in the Windermere area, is estimated at £5000- 8000 in a timed online sale ending on July at Cumbrian saleroom 1818 Auctioneers.
It is being sold by family members who never knew of its existence until a house was emptied when its owner died.
The early 20th century serpent collarette necklace is covered with amethysts on articulated links which give its slithery appearance. The head of the snake, which has emerald eyes, is covered in amethysts too with rose cut diamond chips.
Tested as being of gold and silver, it is offered in its original case with a receipt from Byworth Antiques, London, dated 1974.
The July 1-2 sale at Duke’s in Dorchester includes this pair of Limoges enamel panels. Both are dated1559 and signed PR for Pierre Reymond (1513-84).
Each measuring 6in (15cm), one depicts a bishop in a red robe and the other a soldier in a relaxed stance with a sword to his waist. They were probably once part of a larger altar piece.
Three catalogues have been published for the July Fine Art Sale at Potteries Auctions – one for each day of the sale comprising more than 2000 lots in total.
Among the Wedgwood on offer from July 8-10 is this (71cm) high white on pale blue limited-edition snake handled vase and stand, estimated at £800-1600.
This framed etching on Annam appliqué to wove by Henri Matisse (French 1869- 1954) titled Martiniquaise, 1946, has an estimate of £8000-12,000 at Roseberys London on July 7.
Martiniquaise means ‘woman from Martinique’. This work comes with a provenance from Jane Kahan Gallery, New York, according to label verso.
Roseberys’ second Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples auction of the year is the debut sale for the new head of department and specialist, Ed Plackett. He was head of sale in 19th century European art at Christie’s South Kensington for 10 years, followed by three years at Bonhams Bond Street as a head of department in Impressionist pictures, then four years in a commercial gallery mainly dealing with modern prints and a further five years as an independent dealer.
A pair of French 19th century ormolu-mounted white marble candelabra after the model by Jean-François Lorta are to be offered in Tennants Summer Fine Sale on July 16-17 with an estimate of £30,000-40,000.
Classical, robe-clad female figures representing summer and autumn bear aloft incense burners and candle arms lavishly garlanded with fruit and flowers, and the pair stand on 19th century octagonal marble pedestals.
The figures are inspired by the famed Four Seasons candelabra made by sculptor Lorta in 1788 for two of Louis XV’s daughters, Adelaïde and Victoire, to decorate the grand salon of the Château de Bellevue on the outskirts of Paris. The set was removed following the Revolution, and firstly resided in Empress Josephine’s salon in the Tuileries before being split up and housed in Fontainebleau and Versailles.
The set was later reunited at the Louvre in the late 20th century, where it remains today.
This silver and gilt vinaigrette, hallmarked for John Hart, Birmingham 1805, is one a number made shortly after the British victory at Trafalgar. The grille incorporates an image of HMS Victory and the inscription Trafalgar October 21st 1805, while to the cover is a portrait of Nelson within an oval cartouche and the correct legend of England expects every man will do his duty.
It has a guide of £2800-3200 at the July 3 sale held by Barry Hawkins in Downham Market, Norfolk.