This textile and needlework collage of St Cecilia (pictured top), for sale on June 30 at Dreweatts in Newbury, is thought to date from c.1600.
The patron saint of music and musicians is shown seated alongside an attendant angel playing a pipe organ and ‘donor’ figures to an archway to the left. It is created using textiles, hand dotted gilded paper, penwork and small glass beads simulating jewelled details and fruits.
The musical score played by the angel is inscribed with the Cantantibus Organic, a Latin text that forms the antiphon of the Vespers on Cecilia’s feast day (November 22).
Although the origin of this work is unknown, it would seem to be the work of a gifted child or young person emulating work they may have seen in their household.
This typical 19th century paddle from the Austral Islands is one of the highlights of Tennants’ Militaria and Ethnographica Sale on June 30.
Heavily carved paddles such as these were traded with Europeans who visited the islands on whaling ships during the first half of the century. It has been suggested that they developed from earlier ceremonial.
The Fine Interiors sale at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet on June 29-30 includes this 19th century oil by a follower of William Hogarth.
A well-painted picture that appeared on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow in 2014, it is based on the celebrated Manifesto self-portrait of the artist and his beloved pug Trump, now in Tate Britain.
This 15.25in (38.5cm) high early 19th century bracket clock has a white dial with the words Tregent maker to Prince of Wales and Duke of Sussex.
James Tregent (1759-1808) was a Freeman of the Clockmakers’ Company from 1781. Examples of his work can be found in museums including the V&A, the British Museum and the Science Museum.
At Fellows in Birmingham the clock has an estimate of £1500-2500 in a timed online sale ending on June 28.
The June 26 sale at London poster specialist Antikbar includes, estimated at £375-750, this original Second World War propaganda poster issued by Vichy France to promote an anti-semitic, anti-British, anti-Charles de Gaulle message.
The title reads Avec ce ‘de Gaulle’ là vous ne prendrez rien, M.Mrs (‘With that fishing rod you won’t catch anything’ – punning on the French word for fishing rod, ‘la gaule’).
The cartoon by an unknown hand shows Churchill in a rowing boat with a caricature Jewish businessman clutching a bag of money. Churchill is holding a fishing rod with de Gaulle’s head as bait and attempting to catch battleships labelled Richelieu and Dakar.
The poster, published in 1940 by the Ligue Francaise Anti-Britannique (The French Anti-Britain League funded by Nazi Germany), was a response to the failed attempts by Allied forces to recapture control of French West Africa from Vichy forces.
John Nicholson’s will sell the contents of Selham House, Sussex on June 25. Described by Country Life magazine as having a grand entrance hall worthy of Downton Abbey, Selham stands in 15 acres of landscaped gardens between Petworth and Midhurst.
Dating to c.1900, Selham House’s owners have included the Cowdray family and the Maharajah of Bahawalpur, who bought it in 1948.
The furnishings include this monumental 8ft 2in x 13ft 8in Antwerp tapestry, c.1720, by Jacob Van Der Goten with a provenance to Powderham Castle, Devon, the seat of the Courtenay family, Earls of Devon. It is estimated at £6000-8000.
The sale will take place at Nicholson’s Fernhurst rooms with prior viewings at Selham House itself.
Thomas Del Mar’s auction of Fine Antique Arms, Armour & Militaria on June 30, at Olympia Auctions includes this ‘extremely rare’ .31 calibre Colt Paterson pocket revolver, dating from 1837-40.
It is among the highlights of the David Jeffcoat Collection. Jeffcoat’s (1945-2020) lifelong passion as a collector started early and by the age of six he was acquiring bayonets and cap badges.
He joined the arms and armour department at Sotheby’s Bond Street in the early 1960s where he was to remain for over 20 years working on some of the most significant auctions of the second half of the 20th century.
The diverse collection of more than 180 items ranges from a pair of duelling pistols by Joseph Manton through to a rare silver encrusted early 17th century English rapier and a pair of horseman’s boots.
The revolver is estimated at £40,000-60,000 in the auction taking place at Blythe Road, Olympia, west London.
Two hundred and ninety-one lots in this sale have been consigned with part (and in some cases all) proceeds to be given to the Wallace Collection and 10 on the same basis to benefit Westminster Abbey.