On June 17 Busby in Bridport, Dorset, will offer this 13in (36cm) high mid-19th century Jacob Petit (1797-1868) porcelain inkstand modelled as a seated cat on top of a scrolling foliate base (pictured top).
It comes by descent from the estate of Air Marshal Sir Aubrey Beauclerk Ellwood of The Old House, North Perrott, Crewkerne.
Female artists have provided many of the stand-out lots in Tennants’ Modern and Contemporary Art Sale on June 19.
Highlights include Mary Fedden’s Redcliffe Road from 1946 estimated at £6000-8000.
The painting depicts a still-life of a jug of flowers and pottery zebra sitting on a windowsill and was previously exhibited at the Royal West of England Academy.
This rare handbill for a cricket match played between an England side and Sussex at the Royal Brighton Cricket Ground in 1827 carries a guide of £2000-3000 at Special Auction Services in Newbury on June 22.
The single printed sheet, purchased by the vendor at Christie’s in 2010, reads: The Third Grand Match of Cricket will be played on the above ground, for 1000 Sovereigns, on Monday, the 23rd day of July, 1827, and following days.
A 17th century enamelled portrait miniature depicting Lady Frances Haversham (1646-1705), her auburn hair in fashionable ringlets, is estimated at £1200-1500 in the Dix Noonan Webb auction in London on June 15.
It was later mounted into a 19th century gold locket-back pendant, 33mm diameter, the reverse is engraved Frances Lady Haversham born 1646 beneath a baron’s coronet.
Lady Frances Annesley was the daughter of the 1st Earl Of Anglesey and Lady Elizabeth Altham, Countess of Anglesey. Her first marriage was to Francis Wyndham but when widowed in 1688, she married Sir John Thompson, 1st Baron Haversham (1648-1710), with whom she had at least 11 children.
Thompson was the first surviving son of Maurice Thompson of St Andrew, Eastcheap, City of London and Haversham, who at one time is said to have obtained a monopoly of the Virginia tobacco trade.
Sir John was created a Baronet of Haversham in the County of Buckingham in 1673, and later returned to parliament where he held a seat for Gatton until 1696, and was raised to the peerage as Baron Haversham. Between 1699-1701, he was Lord of the Admiralty.
By repute this gem-set jade archer’s ring, c.1820, was from the famed collection of Maharani Jindan Kaur (1817-63), wife of Ranjit Singh and mother of Duleep Singh.
Possibly among the jewels boxed in Bombay in 1850 by Frazer and Hawes and sent to London for sale at Garrards, it was acquired by the vendor from the family of renowned London jeweller John Brogden (1820-84).
At the Arts of India sale at Roseberys London on June 15, it is guided at £6000-8000.
The contents of Hollycombe House, former home of the late Tim Hoare, will be sold by Dreweatts in Newbury on June 15-16.
Although sited on the South Downs in Linch, West Sussex, the interior is colourfully described by the auction house as combining ‘the magic of a Scottish baronial shooting lodge with a London gentleman’s club’.
This pair of 16in (40cm) Chinese famille rose jars and covers is estimated at £3000-5000.
The Fine Jewellery & Watches sale at Wilson55 in Nantwich on June 17 features, estimated at £300-400, this gold and enamel timepiece by JW Benson commissioned by Welsh landowner Sir Thomas Duncombe Love Jones-Parry (1832-91) for his sister. It includes the family coat of arms and an inscription dated 1868.
Love Jones-Parry was a colourful figure. The Liberal MP for Caernarfonshire, he was a prominent figure in eisteddfodic circles, where he had the bardic name Elphin, and was one of the founders of the Welsh settlement at Patagonia, with Puerto Madryn named after the family estate.
The sale at Lacy Scott & Knight in Bury St Edmunds on June 12 includes this majolica oval game pie tureen and cover decorated to the cover with quail and chicks and to the base with rabbits amid long grass.
One of the best-known pieces by the George Jones factory, it carries a registration kite mark for December 1873. This example in a turquoise ground (it was also made in cobalt blue) has been damaged and restored and has an estimate of £300-500.
An Arts & Crafts upright Bechstein piano and matching stool designed by Ernest Archibald Taylor comes for sale at Thomas R Callan in Ayr on June 11-12.
The two pieces were found by auctioneer Michael Callan in ‘a modest mid-terrace town house in Irvine, Ayrshire’.
Research has shown it was among the first pieces designed by Taylor for Wylie and Lochhead, Glasgow, and was shown at the 1901 Glasgow International Exhibition. An archival photograph (also pictured above) shows the instrument in situ as the centrepiece of Taylor’s exhibition stand (John Ednie and George Logan were also given showcases).
Both pieces, made in pearwood, are inlaid with mother of pearl rosettes with the piano mounted with pierced silver-plated hinge brackets and candle sconces. They were purchased from a Miss Templeton in the early 1960s by J Caldwell of the Eglington Arms Hotel in Irvine and came by descent to the current vendor.
The estimate for what is probably a unique piece is £4000-6000.
Dawsons in Maidenhead is conducting the Nancy Fouts Studio Sale on June 10.
Born in the US, Fouts (1945-2019) attended a Knightsbridge finishing school and she went on to study at both the Chelsea School of Art and Royal College of Art.
Her early career was in advertising at the Shirtsleeve Studio where she was worked on campaigns for British Airways, Silk Cut cigarettes, Virgin, the Post Office and Mentos Mints. Later she lived in a Victorian gothic revival vicarage in London that served as a home, gallery and studio.
Some of the works included in this sale are illustrated in the Nancy Fouts monograph (2018).
This piece from 2014, titled Marcel Duchamp’s Lost Case, is typical of an artist who worked under the umbrella of ‘modern-day Surrealist’. The witty small leather case filled with vintage briarwood smokers’ pipes has an estimate of £300-500.
The Charterhouse June 10-11 two-day auction in Sherborne includes a selection of clocks.
Dating to c.1660, this longcase example of small and slender proportions features a dial signed Fabian Robin Londini Fecit.
Fitted with a sophisticated eight-day, five-pillar movement striking the hours on a bell, it is in a walnut case with floral marquetry inlaid decoration and is estimated at £3000-5000.
A medal awarded to one of Admiral Lord Nelson’s most highly regarded protégés is estimated at £60,000-80,000 in a London auction on July 13.
Morton & Eden is selling the ‘exceptionally rare’ small captain’s Naval Gold Medal for the Battle of Lissa in 1811, presented to Captain Sir William Hoste KCB, Royal Navy (1780-1828). His honours have never appeared at auction before, having remained in the collection of the family until now.
Hoste entered the navy at an early age. Shortly afterwards an introduction was engineered by his father to another great Norfolk naval officer: Horatio Nelson. This sowed the seeds of a firm friendship, and soon after Hoste was accepted by Nelson to serve as his captain’s servant aboard the newly refitted HMS Agamemnon.
He was by Nelson’s side from 1793-98 and was present at the Battle of St Vincent and the Battle of the Nile. In 1805 he was sent by Nelson to deliver diplomatic gifts and messages to the Dey of Algiers, thereby missing the Battle of Trafalgar where his friend was killed.
Hoste’s finest hour, however, came at the Battle of Lissa (the island today known as Vis in the Adriatic Sea) on March 13, 1811, when he led four frigates in a devastating attack on the larger French and Venetian squadron.
The gold medal will be sold separately to his other honours including his Knight Commander’s neck badge, 1814, for The Most Excellent Order of the Bath, KCB (Military Division), which has an estimate of £4000-5000.
Il Gruppo del Laocoonte, a large biscuit porcelain model of Laocoon and his sons, is one of the lots at Bonhams’ ‘first-ever sale by an international auction house dedicated exclusively to a celebration of the male form in art’, on June 16.
Dating from c.1785, the piece was modelled by Filippo Tagliolini after the statue of Laocoön and His Sons excavated in Rome in 1506 and placed in the Vatican.
When Domenico Venuti became director of the Real Fabbrica Ferdinandea factory in Naples in 1779 he wholeheartedly embraced the new neo-classical style heavily influenced by the archaeological finds and the large number of antiquities in the collection of King Ferdinando IV. The Gruppo is among the largest and most impressive of the faithful copies of classical sculpture in biscuit porcelain produced by the factory.
This pair of George I Britannia standard dinner plates are from the famed Mildmay service issued across a decade or more by Paul de Lamerie to Benjamin Mildmay, 19th Baron Fitzwalter (1672-1756) of Schomberg House, Pall Mall, and Moulsham Hall, Essex.
These plates are from the original service as ordered in 1725, shortly after Mildmay’s marriage to the daughter of the Duke of Schomberg, with other pieces added later in 1737 following his appointment as treasurer of the household. The orders are recorded in de Lamerie’s accounts. It seems probable that the plates were originally made with gadrooned edges and were modified at a later date.
This pair come for sale at Chiswick Auctions on June 11 with a guide of £8000-12,000.