Irish George III satinwood, sycamore, kingwood, tulipwood, purplewood and marquetry demi-lune commode – estimate £15,000-20,000 at Bonhams on August 4.

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Bonhams’ Home & Interiors sale on August 4 includes this Irish George III satinwood, sycamore, kingwood, tulipwood, purplewood and marquetry demi-lune commode, pictured above, estimated at £15,000-20,000.

Made c.1780, perhaps in the workshop of William Moore of Dublin, it comes for sale by descent from the family of the Counts of San Luis. It was purchased at Frank Partridge & Sons by Carlos Sartorius y Diaz de Mendoza, 3rd Marquis de Marino, for the Spanish Embassy in London in 1947.

Although evidently highly prolific, only one piece of furniture can be definitively attributed to Moore and that is a demi-lune commode, c.1782, supplied to William Henry Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland (d.1809), while he was viceroy of Ireland. or see this item at


Small earthenware pot or ‘mud baby’ by the Mississippi art potter George Ohr – estimate £1500-2000 at Adam Partridge on July 30.

This small 2½in (6.5cm) high earthenware pot or ‘mud baby’ by the celebrated Mississippi art potter George Ohr (1857-1918) carries an estimate of £1500-2000 as part of the sale titled Studio Ceramics from the Paul Rice Collection at Adam Partridge in Macclesfield on July 30.

Rice, author of the seminal book British Studio Ceramics and a London gallery owner and curator, recalls: “I visited Dr Zuckerman, a well-known collector of pre-war American pottery, in the 1970s to see his collection. I managed to identify some good British pots that he had been left and did not know what they were. He gave me this Ohr as a present. At the time Ohr was not greatly appreciated.”

Rice, who began as a dealer in European Post-war Abstract art, began exhibiting ceramics in 1979. “This was a happy decision for me,” he writes. “[In this field] I was able to organise meaningful exhibitions as well as do useful research, write and help museums with purchases, exhibitions and bringing out their often hidden treasures - all of which, would have been near impossible for me in the ‘fine art’ world.” or see this item at


Pair of William and Mary or Queen Anne brass girandoles – estimate £2000-3000 at Hutchinson Scott on July 29-31.

This pair of William and Mary or Queen Anne brass girandoles, with a provenance to the collection of publisher Felix Dennis, has a guide of £2000-3000 in the Summer Catalogue Sale at Hutchinson Scott in Skipton on July 29-31.

Each measuring 2ft 6in (75cm) high, they are worked in repousse with panels depicting soldiers, a woman seated on a recumbent camel, and the standing figure of a queen holding a chalice with a palace beyond. or see this item at


Poster for The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) – estimate £1200-1800 at Tennants on July 30.

A private collection of vintage film posters and limited edition reproduction posters are on offer in Tennants’ Toys, Models, Sporting & Fishing Sale on July 30.

Highlights include a poster for The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) starring Alec Guinness and Stanley Holloway (shown here, estimate £1200-1800), Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), starring the likes of Joan Greenwood and Guinness (estimate £800-1200), and The Man in the White Suit, 1951 (estimate £600-900). or see this item at

Creamware teapot with decoration associated with David Rhodes – estimate £800-1200 at Canterbury Auction Galleries on July 31-August 2.

This ‘chintz’ decoration to this creamware teapot is associated with David Rhodes, of the Leeds enamelling firm Robinson & Rhodes, who in c.1770 became head of Wedgwood’s enamelling shop in Chelsea.

It is expected to bring £800-1200 as part of the July 31-August 2 sale at Canterbury Auction Galleries. or see this item at

Olga Lowe (1919-2013) had an illustrious career that spanned over 70 years, performing and socialising with cinematic and singing greats such as the Marx Brothers, Carmen Miranda, Ivor Novello, Noel Coward, Bob Hope, Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Kenneth Branagh, Eartha Kitt, Pearl Bailey and many others. She is pictured above with Sid James.

Her many credits included Pal Joey, The Pajama Game, Guys and Dolls, Where Eagles Dare, Carry on Abroad, The Avengers, Steptoe and Son Ride Again, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), The Riddle of the Sands, Nijinsky, Uncle Vanya and EastEnders.

A personal collection of autographs, letters and entertainment memorabilia has been consigned to Dorking saleroom Crow’s via her spouse Keith Morris and will be offered in a timed online sale running from July 30-August 15.

Shown here is a letter to Lowe from Eartha Kitt, the American singer, dancer, actor, comedienne and activist who was close friend of Lowe and her first husband John Tore. The letter and three photos are estimated at £80-110.


A 17th century mallet form ‘black glass’ wine bottle with a seal incorporating two crowns and a flag – estimate £300-500 at Amersham Auction Rooms on August 5.

The sale at Amersham Auction Rooms in Buckinghamshire on August 5 includes this 17th century mallet form ‘black glass’ wine bottle with a seal incorporating two crowns and a flag.

The bottle, which is in good condition but bears extensive traces of surface gilding, is believed to have been recovered years ago from Portsmouth Harbour. Estimate £300-500. or see this item at


Pair of Arts & Crafts hammered silver candlesticks with marks for Albert Edward Jones, Birmingham 1915 – estimate £500-800 at Dreweatts on August 4.

This pair of Arts & Crafts hammered silver candlesticks with marks for Albert Edward Jones, Birmingham 1915, 5in (13cm) high, have a guide of £500-800 at Dreweatts’ silver and jewellery sale in Donnington Priory on August 4. or see this item at


Artist Edward Bell’s original mock-up for David Bowie’s Tin Machine album – estimate £2000-4000 at Halls’ timed online sale ending on August 1.

With one of his own paintings recently achieving a new auction high (ATG No 2502), items connected with late starman David Bowie continue to attract strong interest.

The timed online sale at Halls ending on August 1 features a selection of memorabilia, some inscribed by Bowie, from the private collection of Edward Bell, an artist who worked with the singer.

Among the higher value lots is Bell’s original mock-up for the Tin Machine album, which has an estimate of £2000-4000. or see this item at

In Etwall, Derbyshire, on July 29 Hansons is offering a collection of Chinese works of art assembled by the vendor while in Hong Kong from 1990-2010.

This Chenghua (1461-87) mark and period ‘lotus and lanca’ cup is in parlous condition but is one of only four known. With a provenance to the Orientique Gallery, Hong Kong, it is guided at £3000-5000. or see this item at


Gold plaid brooch set with anethys, vitrines and agates – estimate £500-600 at Taylors on July 29.

A group of Victorian Scottish hardstone jewellery at Taylors in Montrose on July 29 includes this gold plaid brooch set with anethys, vitrines and agates.

Estimate £500-600 or see this item at


George III Scottish silk pin cushion – estimate £400-600 at Laidlaw on July 30-31.

The sale at Laidlaw in Carlisle on July 30-31 has a group of items consigned by a descendant of the Forbes family of Culloden House. It includes this George III Scottish silk pin cushion, 9½ x 7in (24 x 17cm), decorated with pins with a depiction of the house with a flag aloft bearing the legend Peace to Culloden. Interlocked hearts carry the inscription Welcome Sweet Babe with the date May 2nd 1780.

The Forbes’ mansion house at Culloden was demolished between 1772-83 with the current house built for Arthur, 7th Laird of Culloden and Ferintosh, at this time. Arthur married Sarah Stratton in 1779 and this cushion may have been made by her for her daughter Sarah Louise who was born shortly thereafter. Estimate £400-600. or see this item at


Chess set for the Millennium celebrations by John Maltby – estimate £4000-4500 at Ewbank’s on July 29.

The studio potter John Maltby (1936- 2020) created this chess set for the Millennium celebrations at the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham. The king and queen stand 9in (22cm) high while at 2ft (61cm) square, the board itself is of considerable size and set with ceramic tiles.

Various artists were asked to commission a piece for the New Ashgate’s 2000 exhibition. Such was the level of interest in the Maltby chess set, it was decided to hold a lottery to identify the winning buyer. It is the purchaser 21 years ago who has consigned it for sale at Ewbank’s in Surrey on July 29 with an estimate of £4000-4500. or see this item at


Portrait of Rear Admiral James Monypenny, 1715, by Thomas Gibson – estimate £3000-5000 at Parker Fine Art on August 5.

A collection of 18th and 19th century family portraits from three generations by leading artists, up for auction at Parker Fine Art on August 5, includes three portraits of Rear Admiral James Monypenny (1670-1721).

This 4ft 2in x 3ft 4in (1.27 x 1.02m) example from 1715, estimated at £3000- 5000, is by Thomas Gibson (c.1680-1751).

Monypenny had recently been promoted to rear admiral after capturing four French ships in the War of Spanish Succession. The prize money for this formed the foundation of his fortune and enabled him to buy an estate in Kent, where he started to build Maytham Hall in 1721.

The house was ravaged by a fire in 1893 and rebuilt by Lutyens, who worked with Gertrude Jekyll on the garden. The author Frances Hodgson Burnett lived there briefly, taking her inspiration for The Secret Garden from its grounds.

Gibson was an established portrait artist who painted a number of important public figures of the day. He was a founding director of Godfrey Kneller’s St Martin’s Lane Academy, the forerunner of the Royal Academy Schools. or see this item at


Mid-19th century gold emerald and diamond snake necklace with later Dutch marks – estimate £5000-7000 at Fellows on July 29.

The fine jewellery sale at Fellows in Birmingham on July 29 includes this mid 19th century gold emerald and diamond snake necklace with later Dutch marks. Estimate £5000-7000. or see this item at