Campaign furniture was not a Victorian invention. This articulated folding tripod stand with extendable iron trellis legs (pictured top) would have formed the support for a military camp table or cauldron in the later 3rd century AD. Each leg is ornamented with a bronze female bust.
Folding tripod stands are well known in the ancient world, in both Greek and Roman contexts.
This example comes for sale at TimeLine in Harwich, Essex, on May 25 from an East Anglian arms and armour collection with an earlier provenance to Dutch and Swiss collections.
The May 13-15 sale at Hutchinson Scott in Skipton includes this pair of Royal Worcester vases with dated codes for 1912 decorated with storks in oasis and desert landscape settings by William Powell.
A 9ct gold medal from the earliest days of Heart of Midlothian Football Club will be offered in the Sporting and Trophies Auction at McTear’s of Glasgow on May 21.
Tom Robertson’s Scottish Football League Championship Gold Medal from 1896-97 is being sold by a relative of the late player. On the final day of that season, Hearts clinched the title in resounding fashion, winning 5-0 against Clyde, with Robertson scoring four goals. It was won at a time when the Edinburgh side were riding high in Scottish football.
Robertson (1876-1941) moved to Liverpool in 1898 and helped the club secure their first league title in 1900-01. He would go on to represent Manchester United and Dundee in later years.
This 13 x 16in (33 x 42cm) William Turner (1920-2013) painting is titled Oil Station. As indicated by a label verso it was priced at £250 at a Federation of British Artists Gallery exhibition.
It has a guide of £3000-5000 at the Northern Art sale at Wilson55 in Nantwich on May 13.
A collection of Great War naval-related crested china comprised of a submarine and six ships and destroyers is estimated at £30-40 in Pippa Deeley’s May 15 auction in Bodiam, East Sussex.
They are decorated with the arms for Norwich, City of London, Leicester, Brighton, Great Yarmouth, Southampton and Portsmouth, and the largest is 6½in (16cm) long.
This pair of George III silver bottle coasters with marks for Peter and Ann Bateman, London 1797 has a guide of £300-500 at Henry Adams of Chichester on May 13.
This portrait miniature on ivory by George Engleheart (1750-1829), signed and dated 1804, depicts The Hon Berkeley Paget with fair, curly hair.
It was exhibited in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Engleheart exhibition held in 1929 and owned at that time by Mr Catesby Paget.
When Stowmarket firm Bishop & Miller sells the collection of Richard P Miller on May 21, it is expected to bring £1000-1500.
This 9in (22cm) William Moorcroft vase in the Wisteria pattern dates from c.1912-14. It includes a Liberty & Co backstop in addition to the green Moorcroft signature.
The vase is expected to bring £600-800 at Gerrards in Lytham St Annes on May 13-14.
A silver centrepiece-dish by silversmith Omar Ramsden in the form of a stylised Tudor rose raised on ball and claw feet is estimated at £5000-8000 at Tennants of Leyburn on May 22.
It was made in London in 1930. Ramsden, who was born in Sheffield, is associated with some of the most imaginative silver produced in London in the early decades of the 20th century.
While entirely working in the Arts & Crafts tradition, he was inspired by traditional forms and motifs, reproducing them with his own unique interpretation. Among motifs that Ramsden was to revisit throughout his career was the Tudor rose, either faithfully depicted or stylised as in the present dish.
The dish is one of the larger examples of his Tudor rose pieces, and it Tennants says it seems likely that it was inspired by a smaller dish hallmarked for 1922. This smaller version was then reproduced in 1925, an example of which was presented to the Victoria and Albert Museum by Queen Mary.
Phillips’ London Photographs auction on May 20 includes Peter Beard’s “unique, oversized” portrait showcasing his long-time friend Francis Bacon, who will be the focus of a major exhibition to open at the Royal Academy in January next year.
Francis Bacon on his roof at 80 Narrow Street, London (soon to be lost gambling), during the dead elephant interviews, March, 1972 is estimated at £80,000-120,000.
Bacon painted nine major portraits of Beard, renowned for African wildlife photography, and several others inspired by him.
The artist lived and worked in a studio at the Narrow Street, Limehouse, house during the 1960s-70s. It was where his lover George Dyer planted cannabis and Bacon was subsequently arrested.
A poster for one of the earliest Clash tours, when the band was supported by Suicide, is estimated by Special Auction Services of Newbury at £500-800 on May 18-19.
Clash On Parole promotes the short 15-date tour in June-July 1978. It measures approximately 3ft 4in x 2ft 6in (1.02m x 76cm) and is catalogued as ‘rolled with a few light creases on the edges and a few small nicks on the top edge, otherwise in very good condition’.
This pair of Doulton Lambeth table salts with a bird design, c.1876, have a guide of £200-400 at Leighton Hall Auctions in Alton, Staffordshire, on May 15.
Gavin Campbell (1851-1922), the 7th Earl of Breadalbane, was a prominent society figure and Liberal politician in the Gladstone administration but is best known in collecting circles as the owner of a vast collection of silver.
Much was dispersed at sales in 1926 and 1935 but a handful of pieces were saved by the family including this very early English Apostle spoon dating from the reign of the War of the Roses era monarch Edward IV (1442-83).
Although earlier spoons have survived, this Edward IV example with a St Simon terminal documents an important moment in the history of British silver: it dates from 1478, the first year that a ‘date letter’ was used in the hallmarking system. It subsequently became a cornerstone of the oldest, continual and still virtually unchanged form of consumer protection in the world.
Despite the addition of a later gothic letter B and a coronet – probably added by the 7th Earl who had collector’s marks engraved to many of his holdings – it is guided at £2500-4000 when Lyon & Turnbull sells 43 lots of property from the Earls of Breadalbane & Holland on May 18. All were previously among the furnishings of Taymouth Castle.