Documentary delftware plate inscribed Sally Taylor 1754 – estimate £1500-2000 at Woolley & Wallis.

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This documentary delftware plate (pictured above) inscribed Sally Taylor 1754 comes for sale at Woolley & Wallis on October 7 with a guide of £1500-2000.

Painted in blue with a scene of a mother tending a child in a large cot, it is illustrated in Dated English Delftware by Lipski and Archer and was last sold at Sotheby’s in 1954. or see this item at


'Bronze Head of Queen (Study)' by Henry Moore – estimate £50,000-80,000 at Dreweatts.

This 11in (28cm) bronze titled Head of Queen (Study) by Henry Moore (1898-1986) was conceived in 1952 and cast in 1959 in an edition of two plus one artist’s proof. It is one of several preparatory works produced by Moore for the large-scale group sculpture King and Queen.

This cast was acquired by the vendor’s family from the Finart Gallery in Johannesburg in 1974. It comes for sale on October 12 at Dreweatts in Newbury with a guide price of £50,000-80,000. or see this item at


Star Wars Yoda figure – estimate £400-600 at British Toy Auctions.

British Toy Auctions is holding a specialist sale of Star Wars action figures, vehicles, dioramas and more on October 15. The majority of the lots are from a single-owner collection that has taken over 10 years to accumulate and covers the original 1970s toys to the modern releases and special limited editions.

Items were sourced from collector forums, specialist auctions and regular buying trips to the US and by attending events such the San Diego Comic-con to find exclusive pieces and plenty of rarities.

Shown here is an A graded Kenner 1980 Star Wars TESB Yoda 3¾in (9.5cm) action figure. The figure with an orange snake is described as “AFA Graded at 80%NM overall with sub grades of: Card: 75% Bubble: 80% Figure: 85% and is on a punched Kenner TESB 32 B back card”. Presented within a sealed display case, it is estimated at £400-600.


Worcester polychrome lettuce moulded sauce boat from c.1756 – estimate £200-300 at Kinghams.

The Roundelwood collection of Worcester porcelain comes for sale at Kinghams in Moreton-in- Marsh on October 9.

The collection comprises hundreds of pieces from the factory’s Dr Wall period acquired over a period of 40 years by the vendor’s parents. Most pieces are in good condition.

Estimates for the first tranche of the collection range from £50-400. This polychrome lettuce moulded sauce boat from c.1756 is guided at £200-300.


Portrait of Louise Renée de Penancoët de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth, mistress of Charles II – estimate £8000-12,000 at Bellmans.

This portrait of Louise Renée de Penancoët de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth (1649-1734), mistress of Charles II, is included in Bellmans’ Old Master, British & European Paintings auction on October 12.

Louise, born into a noble family at the Château de Kéroualle, near Brest, met Charles II when accompanying his sister Henrietta Anne Stuart, Duchess of Orléans, to Dover in 1670. He later appointed her a lady-in-waiting to his own queen, Catherine of Braganza. In 1673, she was granted the titles Baroness Petersfield, Countess of Fareham and Duchess of Portsmouth but Charles called her affectionately ‘Fubbs’, and in 1682 renamed the royal yacht HMY Fubbs in her honour.

This oil on canvas showing the duchess with a cupid is attributed to Henri Gascars (French, 1635-1701). It was in a private collection in Gloucestershire from the early 19th century before it was sold by Lane Fine Art to the vendor’s father.

Estimate £8000-12,000. or see this item at


Pablo Picasso black faïence vase, 'Visage Gravé Noir' – estimate £4500-5000 at Andrew Smith & Son.

This Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) black faïence vase, Visage Gravé Noir, is estimated at £4500-5000 in the Andrew Smith & Son auction in Itchen Stoke, Hampshire, from October 13-14.

Engraved with two faces, it is number 33 from the edition of 100 produced in 1953, with the underside signed Edition Picasso 33/100 Madoura.

The 14in (36cm) high vase comes from a private collection; the dispersal of an artist’s estate.


Ten-page letter from Florence Nightingale – estimate £2000-2500 at Argyll Etkin.

London philately specialist Argyll Etkin is selling an important 10-page letter from Florence Nightingale on October 14.

Penned to a Miss Edwards, the letter covers nursing provision in London and the importance of training for nurses with Ms Nightingale offering “to train nurses for you, free of cost, at King’s College Hospital [The sum we are obliged to charge for board &c I should be too glad to pay for you myself – it would be my small contingent for your noble institution].”

It has an estimate of £2000-2500.


'Bronze, Gateway of Hands', by Glynn Williams – estimate £3000-4000 at Roseberys.

The Modern and Contemporary British art sale at Roseberys London on October 13 includes a series of lots being sold to benefit the Royal Society of Sculptors. Most pieces had been donated to the society.

It includes this 20in (55cm) wide bronze, Gateway of Hands, by Glynn Williams (b.1939). This is a maquette for a work of the same name commissioned in 1993, and sited opposite Chelsea Harbour Design Centre on Harbour Avenue.

Estimate £3000-4000. or see this item at


A Mouseman 10-foot oak refectory table, made in 1955 for the boardroom at John Smith’s Brewery, Tadcaster – estimate £4000-6000 at Tennants.

A collection of Mouseman furniture and furnishings from chef Marco Pierre White’s hotel, the Rudloe Arms in Wiltshire, is coming under the hammer at Tennants in North Yorkshire.

The 65 lots, which include an array of classic Mouseman pieces, will be sold in the 20th Century Design Sale on October 9.

Having found himself with pieces of Mouseman furniture surplus to the current needs of the hotel, the chef says he is “delighted to return a selection to Yorkshire where they will find new homes”.

Highlights include this impressive 10-foot oak refectory table, made in 1955 for the boardroom at John Smith’s Brewery, Tadcaster, estimated at £4000-6000.

It is described as having a four-plank dowelled top, on four octagonal legs, joined by a floor stretcher, with two carved mice trademarks, and measures 10ft x 4ft x 2ft 5in, with top 2½in thick (3.05m x 1.21m x 73cm, 6.5cm). or see this item at


'John Bull Clipping the Corsican’s Wings!!' by Circle of Temple West (active 1802-04) – estimate £200-300 at Parker Fine Art.

The Parker Fine Art auction on October 7 in Farnham, Surrey, includes a collection of prints relating to Napoleon from the estate of a local collector. This year is the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s death.

The engravings and etchings in this auction are mostly satirical and political cartoons, unashamedly jingoistic, reflecting the anti-French feeling of the time.

The 11½ x 9¼in (29 x 23.5cm) image shown here, by Circle of Temple West (active 1802-04), is a hand-coloured etching, published by William Holland in 1803. John Bull Clipping the Corsican’s Wings!! is estimated at £200-300. or see this item at


Pierre Jeanneret pair of teak armchairs designed for Chandigarh – estimate £6000-10,000 at Duke’s.

In the 1950s, India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, a man with ambitions to propel his country into a new era unburdened by its past, commissioned Charles-Édouard Jeanneret (aka Le Corbusier) to create the master plan for a new, utopian city: Chandigarh.

Le Corbusier called on his cousin, Pierre Jeanneret (1896-1967), to aid in the design process, which included creating the city’s furniture.

Jeanneret conceived a number of chairs and tables and had them made by local artisans out of inexpensive Burma Teak that was resistant to both the humidity and the bug population of the area.

Duke’s Art and Design post 1880 auction in Dorchester on October 8 will feature a private collection of this furniture. Shown here is a pair of teak armchairs, PJ-010610, 2ft 7in high x 2ft 1in wide x 2ft 5in deep (78 x 63 x 73cm), estimated at £6000-10,000. or see this item at


Oil of a mountainous landscape authenticated as the work of the Flemish artist Paul Bril – estimate £50,000-70,000 at Lawrences.

This 2ft 2in x 2ft 11in (65 x 89cm) oil of a mountainous landscape with satyrs and goats by a gushing cascade has been fully authenticated as the work of the notable Flemish artist Paul Bril (1554-1626). Signed P Brill D, it is thought to date from 1616-19.

“It is an extraordinary find in two ways”, says Richard Kay at Lawrences in Crewkerne. “Not only is it very rare to find such a fine and genuine work by this Flemish master in England but there is an unexpected extra element of interest. Thanks to the expertise of Dr Luuk Pijl, the Bril authority in the Netherlands, it seems this canvas is very probably the picture depicted in the background of Willem van Haeght’s Cabinet of Cornelis van der Geest (1626), now in the Rubenshuis in Antwerp.”

“The picture, previously unknown to scholars, is thought to have belonged to Cornelius van der Geest”, says Kay. “Its later history is a little unclear but it was certainly owned by Thomas Ware Smart (1810-81), ancestor of our vendors and an Australian art dealer who had a gallery in Sydney. It has been treasured by his descendants ever since, with a degree of nagging uncertainty about the traditional attribution to Bril.”

The picture has an estimate of £50,000-70,000 on October 13. or see this item at


Sideboard produced by the Makepeace factory in the 1960s – estimate £1000-1500 at Amersham Auction Rooms.

On October 7 Amersham Auction Rooms in Buckinghamshire is selling a dining table with eight chairs and a sideboard produced by the Makepeace factory in the 1960s.

It is part of the Pye family estate based in Oxford; the saleroom has been told that John Makepeace was a friend of Graham Pye.

The 2ft 10in high x 10ft long (86cm x 3.05m) sideboard, shown here, is a “unique design” estimated at £1000-1500. It combines several woods – sycamore, Andaman padouk and holly wood – with drawers operating on central runners.

The dining table (guided at £200-300 with the chairs in a separate lot), is basically a “massive plank of Andaman padouk, the same species favoured in the most classic Chinese furniture”, says the saleroom. It was chosen for a group of fine furniture for the British governor of the Andaman Islands.

British PM Margaret Thatcher was among Makepeace’s private clients and opened a London exhibition of his furniture. On that occasion she saw a table he had made for Graham and Yvonne Pye, and the designer was asked if she could have it. Graham kindly agreed so long as Makepeace made another for them. or see this item at


Thomson Roddick’s Gretna coach sale includes this state landau, c.1830, believed to have been used by Queen Adelaide, wife of William IV

Thomson Roddick’s Gretna coach sale on October 13 includes this state landau, c.1830. It is believed to have been used by Queen Adelaide, wife of William IV. It later served as the State Coach for the Judges of Assize at Carlisle. It played a part in the Carlisle Historical Pageant of 1928.

The sale is being held without estimates. or see this item at