This Edwardian satinwood and inlaid Carlton House desk, guided at £3000-5000 at Adam Partridge in Macclesfield on June 17-18, was purchased by the Worcestershire vendor at Sydney House Antiques in Peterborough, 1988.
The drawer is stamped Maple & Co and further signed by the cabinetmaker Raphael Lalli in pencil to the underside. The auction house describes it as ‘a stunning example’.
Tayler & Fletcher’s British Sporting Art and History auction on June 24-25 includes a signed oil on canvas by John Wootton (British, c.1682-1764).
Consigned from a Gloucestershire country house, A Romantic Landscape is, says the saleroom, ‘in remarkably good condition considering its great age and is a virtuoso rendition by the artist at the height of his powers’.
Reminiscent of the Flemish Style in vogue at the time, the artist ‘doffs his cap’ to his illustrious masters Jan Wyck and Jan Siberechts, with both of whom he collaborated on occasion. His principal sponsors were the Duke of Beaufort, the Prince of Wales and the Earl of Oxford.
The estimate at the sale in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, is £7000-10,000.
This sketchbook begun in 1817 is by John Glover (1767-1849), a British artist who gained fame after moving to Australia in 1831 at the age of 64.
He secured one of the largest land grants in Van Diemens Land, now Tasmania, at Mills Plains, Deddington, and kept a record of his difficult relationship with his neighbour John Batman, the bounty and aboriginal hunter who co-founded Melbourne. He called Batman “the vilest man I have ever known”.
Glover had already served as president of the Old Water Colour Society in London and spent his final 18 years consolidating his reputation by painting the Australian landscape.
The John Glover Society was established in 2001 to promote his memory and contribution to Australian art, with a statue to him being unveiled two years later in Evandale, Tasmania.
The sketchbook, started more than a decade before Glover emigrated and featuring a range of Scottish subjects, is consigned for sale at Ewbank’s in Woking on June 17 from a local deceased estate. Last sold at Sotheby’s in 1988, it is estimated at £2000-3000.
Several Windsor chairs feature in the Wilkinson’s sale in Doncaster on June 20.
This 18th century example in ash and elm, with a vase-shaped back splat, saddle seat and cabriole legs terminating on pad feet, is estimated at £2000-3000.
This Art Nouveau silver and gold, turquoise and polychrome enamel pendant carries marks for both the maker Theodor Fahrner and Anglo-German retailer Murrle Bennett & Co.
It is estimated to bring £1000-2000 at Kinghams of Moreton in Marsh on June 18.
The Signed & Designed sale at Elstob & Elstob in Ripon, a timed online auction ending June 20, includes this set of Arcimboldesca porcelain plates by Fornasetti. Made c.1955, they are painted and printed with a face designed of various vegetables on blanks made by Winterling Bavaria.
It was the creation of SeaLab I and II by the US Navy in the 1960s that led to the creation of the Rolex Sea-Dweller – a watch for harsh deep-sea conditions.
The first divers to these experimental deep-sea underwater habitats had been issued with Rolex Submariners. However, they found that during decompression, the helium used in the breathing gas mixture would pop the plexiglass crystal on the watch as the helium forced its way out.
The Sea-Dweller has a helium escape valve on the side of the case and delivered a greater depth rating, improving it from 200m to 610m.
This particular example of the Sea-Dweller ref 1665 is a type made for five years in the late 1970s. The all white (rather than red) writing to the dial has earned it the nickname ‘Great White’. It comes for sale at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on July 1 with a guide of £15,000-20,000.
Of local interest among the collectors’ items offered as part of Mitchells’ extensive June 16-18 auction is a cased taxidermy of a 39.5lb hen salmon Caught in the Eden at Caldew Foot February 28th 1912 by R Forster, Carlisle. It is mounted by Raine Brothers, ‘Scientific Ornamental Taxidermists’ of Carlisle.
Housed in the same case is a 4lb 6oz trout also caught by R Forster at Glenshiel Ross-Shire August 10th 1936.
Estimate at the Cockermouth sale is £4000-6000.
This unrecorded Jacobite goblet, c.1759, is engraved with the inscription The Confederate Hunt, Lady Wins Wynne Lady Paramount while the reverse carries the names of the ‘lady patronesses’ from 1754-58, above the political slogan Hark Wenman & Dashwood/ Sr Watn & old Interest/ for Ever.
In Jacobite clubs the lady patroness was usually an unmarried lady of the neighbourhood and the only female member allowed to attend club dinners. Typically these meetings were political gatherings held in support of the Tories and to oppose the Whigs. This goblet refers to Messrs Wenman and Dashwood who, in 1754, had been the Tory candidates for Oxfordshire.
Like the three other ‘Confederate Hunt’ goblets known, this example is broken following what must have been a particularly riotous club meeting.
It comes for sale at Bonhams’ Fine Glass & British Ceramics auction on June 23 with a guide of £5000-10,000.
A house visit in Cornwall uncovered 50 works amassed by a lady who spent many years collecting paintings mainly by local artists.
They will be coming up for sale on June 23 at Plymouth Auction Rooms. Among the collection eight works by Fred Yates can be found alongside Alexander Mackenzie, Hugh Ridge, John Piper, Joe March and Robert Lenkiewicz.
Pictured here is a 3ft x 2ft 4in (92 x 70cm) oil on canvas by Jack Pender (1918-98), which is known as Newlyn Fisherman.
Pender was born in Mousehole, Cornwall, and taught at Plymouth Art School. He exhibited with the Newlyn and Penwith societies from the late 1940s.
At Brighton & Hove Auctions on June 18 this Orientalist cold painted bronze is guided at £200-300. The group, signed to the base for Franz Bergman, features a figure in prayer on a rug with the table and lamp forming an inkwell.
The Crystal Palace Game, a Voyage Round the World, an Entertaining Excursion in Search of Knowledge, whereby Geography is Made Easy was created by Henry Smith Evans and published by Alfred Davis & Co, London, c.1855. Although it seems to be based on the 1851 exhibition, the game is actually about colonisation – presenting opportunities to gain wealth in the dominions.
This copy, framed and glazed, has a guide of £1000-1500 at Dominic Winter in South Cerney on June 17.
Alastair and Hazel Hull are closing their gallery in Haddenham near Ely after trading for almost 50 years. The couple have been compulsive travellers exploring the remote bazaars of Central Asia, Afghanistan, Iran, the tribal areas of north-west Pakistan, Nepal and the Indonesian archipelago buying the unusual, exotic and colourful.
Their collection is coming up at auction on June 20 in a sale conducted by Batemans of Stamford, Lincolnshire, offering almost 700 lots including many simple household and domestic items to rare old architectural items, sculptures, coins and jewellery.
Pictured is a Tao Tao from central Sulawesi, estimate £200-230. Tao Tao are wooden effigies of deceased family members of the Torajanese people that are placed high up on a cliff face overlooking the surrounding countryside. Traditional Tao Tao adorn a cliff face at Lemo Village in Tana Toraja region of the highlands of central Sulawesi in Indonesia.
The ‘possibly early 20th century’ figure measures 3ft 5in (1.05m) high. One finger is damaged.
The Asian Art sale at Adam’s in Dublin on June 29-30 includes a group of Qing hard stone carvings that formed part of the Joseph Vallot (1854-1925) sale at Drouot in 1925.
Vallot, a French astronomer, geographer, naturalist and alpinist, constructed an observatory on Mont Blanc (the Refuge Vallot) that even included a ‘salon chinoise’. This was decorated with Vallot’s collection of objects from the Far East. In 1984 it was taken down and reconstructed at the Alpine Museum in Chamonix.
This 18th or 19th century white jade phoenix wine pot and cover, estimated at €6000-8000, was one of a number of pieces acquired at the Vallot sale by Carlos Alfredo Tornquist Altgelt (1885-1953), a member of a prominent Argentinian banking family. They come for sale by descent.
The sale at East Bristol Auctions on June 18 includes a number of items related to the Great Train Robbery – the theft of £2.6m from a Royal Mail train heading from Glasgow to London in the early hours of August 8, 1963.
The bulk of the stolen money was never recovered. After the robbery, the gang hid at Leatherslade Farm and famously used the money in a game of Monopoly – leaving the fingerprints instrumental in the arrest of most of the gang.
This £1 banknote comes housed in its original police evidence envelope which lists it as Exhibit No. 441T and a label which reads Bank of England £1 Note - Ser No. M81C 074955 - Not Put In Front Of Jury. To the rear of the note is a period label, believed to be highlighting a fingerprint.
This 2ft x 20in (60 x 50cm) tempera and oil titled Taming the Fauns is signed below the mount for Harry Morley (1881-1943), a British painter, etcher and engraver known for his classical and mythological compositions.
At David Duggleby of Scarborough on June 18, it is expected to bring £800-1200.