Ian Godfrey small studio pottery stoneware teapot – estimate £200-400 at Mallams in Cheltenham.

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This Ian Godfrey (1942-92) small studio pottery stoneware teapot (pictured top), decorated with birds, unsigned, 3½in (9cm) high overall, is estimated at £200-400 in the Modern Living auction to be held at Mallams in Cheltenham on March 17.

It comes with accompanying receipt from Casson Fine Arts & Crafts of New Cavendish Street, London.

Godfrey was part of a sculptural movement in ceramics that developed in the London art schools in the 1950s-60s. He had studied first painting then ceramics at Camberwell Art School from 1957, training in the department run by Dick Kendall and with teachers including Hans Coper, Lucie Rie and Ian Auld.

He established his own workshop in 1962 and great success came in the 1970s. Godfrey ran a domestic pottery workshop in Denmark from 1975-80 before returning to London, opening a studio in Highgate. or see this item at

This gold stater struck during the reign of the Celtic warrior king Tasciovanos (20BC-10AD) features a horseman brandishing a war-trumpet verso and a signature obverse design of wreaths, crescents and ringed-pellets at the centre forming hidden faces.

The tiny letters VER denote Verlamion, the Iron Age settlement that was the centre of Tasciovanus’ power from about 20BC until shortly after the Roman invasion of 43AD. Its location was on Prae Hill, a mile to the west of modern-day St Albans.

One of fewer than 20 known examples, Norwich Celtic coin specialist Chris Rudd expects it to make £2500 in a timed online sale closing on March 14. or see this item at


'Family with a transistor radio or Family with a tranny!' by Beryl Cook – estimate £6000-8000 at Plymouth Auction Rooms.

Around 1968, Beryl Cook (1926-2008) and her family moved from Cornwall to Plymouth and there she concentrated on her artworks as well as running her guest house on the Hoe. In 1975 she had her first exhibition at the Plymouth art centre. This this was a great success and was featured in The Sunday Times.

A gentleman now living in Devon spotted the exhibition at the time and purchased this painting.

It has now been consigned to Plymouth Auction Rooms on March 24 with an estimate of £6000-8000. Titled Family with a transistor radio or Family with a tranny!, it measures 21 x 14in (53 x 36cm).


Scottish silver soup tureen, Edinburgh, c.1809, by George Fenwick – estimate £1500-2500 at Roseberys.

This Scottish silver soup tureen, Edinburgh, c.1809, by George Fenwick, is on offer in a Private Collection of Silver & Judaica sale at Roseberys London on March 17.

The 16in long x 9in high (41 x 22.5cm) tureen, approximately 108oz, is estimated at £1500-2500. or see this item at

This late 19th or early 20th century Austro-Hungarian silver, silver gilt and enamel chess set comes for sale on March 26 at Ewbank’s in Surrey.

The 15in (37cm) board, set with pearls and turquoise and applied shells, is decorated to the sides with enamel shields and pierced silver-gilt stands to hold each piece. The chess pieces are made in silver and silver gilt, with light blue and dark blue enamel.

Estimate £3000-5000.


Late Victorian diamond necklace, c.1890 – estimate £8000-12,000 at Dix Noonan Webb.

This late Victorian diamond necklace, c.1890, is designed as a graduating fringe of old-cut diamond in pinched collet settings, mounted on knife-edge bars and spaced with diamond-set foliate motifs, below an articulated row of box-set diamonds, the detachable back chain similarly set, mounted in silver and gold throughout.

It weighs approximately 14cts in total and is 7½in (19cm) long.

Estimated at £8000-12,000 in the Dix Noonan Webb auction in London March 16, it comes in its original fitted case, the silk lining signed The Association of Diamond Merchants Jewellers & Silversmiths 6 Grand Hotel Buildings Trafalgar Square London. or see this item at


Garrus green-glazed earthenware bowl from the 12th or 13th century – estimate £2000-3000 at Tennants.

A private collection of Islamic and European Textiles, Carpets and Ceramics will be sold on day one of Tennants’ Spring Sale March 19-20 in Leyburn. Comprising 70 lots, the collection has been put together over the last 45 years by a gentleman in the UK.

Among the early Persian and Ottoman ceramics in the collection is a Garrus green-glazed earthenware bowl from the 12th or 13th century estimated at £2000-3000.

Garrusware takes its name from a region in north-western Iran where such pottery with distinctive incised decoration and green glazes have been found from that era. or see this item at


Anglo-Saxon England, ‘Post-Crondall Types’ (c.655-75), pale gold shilling of the ‘Two Emperors’ type, in the style of a 4th century solidus – estimate £4000-6000 at Spink.

The Abramson collection of 1200 ‘Dark Age’ coins has been in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, for the last 10 years, but will now be auctioned by Spink in London, starting on March 18.

Spink states: “It contains some of England’s earliest and most alluring coins, many of which are unique or of the highest rarity. Many have provenance and pedigree."

The collection is published, forms the basis of the current classification of the coinage and constitutes the entirety of the illustrations in the reference work Spink’s Coins of England.

Pictured here is an Anglo-Saxon England, ‘Post-Crondall Types’ (c.655-75), pale gold shilling of the ‘Two Emperors’ type, in the style of a 4th century solidus. It was acquired privately from finder J Scopes at Burgate, near Diss (Suffolk), November 2009.

Estimate £4000-6000.