The British and Continental art sale at Olympia Auctions on April 21 includes the Tony Bingham collection of pictures of musicians. The LAPADA dealer began dealing in old musical instruments in the mid-1960s and published nine books on the subject.
Bingham started in a shop on the King’s Road in the 1960s, followed by premises on Soho’s Poland Street and finally a gallery on Pond Street, Hampstead which was his base for almost four decades. The 40 paintings of singers, string, wind, and brass players spanning the 17th-20th centuries, were hung in the various premises he occupied for many years.
This 19th century oil on canvas portrait of a trumpeter holding a rare slide trumpet, 2ft x 19in (60 x 48cm) is expected to bring £400-600.
The Robert ‘Bobby’ Boutflour (1891-1960) collection of historic agricultural books comes for sale as part of Reeman Dansie’s Spring Fine Art Sale in Colchester on April 26-27.
Boutflour was a notable figure in agricultural circles. From 1931-58 he was principal of the Royal Agricultural University at Cirencester, published significant works relating to dairy farming and played an important role in the growth of international farming yields in the austere post-war period.
The collection of books, which is by direct family descent, comprises more than a dozen rare volumes, including a 1731 first edition copy of Jethro Tull’s Horse-hoing husbandry estimated at £3000-5000 and Reynolde Scot’s Perfite Platforme of a Hoppe Garden published in 1578, estimated at £3000-5000.
This Albert Medal Second Class for Gallantry in Saving Life on Land was awarded to Pumpman William Simons, for his gallantry during the Abercarn Colliery disaster, September 11, 1878.
In bronze and enamel, the reverse is officially engraved Presented in the name of Her Majesty to William Simons, Pumpman, for saving life at the Abercarn Colliery, September 1878. It features a maker’s cartouche for Phillips, Cockspur St and is officially numbered 38.
The estimate at Dix Noonan Webb on April 20 is £4000-5000.
On April 22 half-a-dozen posters promoting Michael Caine films will be offered at Ewbank’s in Send, Woking. They include this 2ft 6in x 3ft 4in (76cm x 1.02m) British Quad poster for Get Carter, which has been stored in a drawer since the vendor bought it at Christie’s 20 years ago. The artist was Arnaldo Putzu.
Included in Tennants’ Country House Sale on April 23 is a large private collection of 19th century moulds for frame making and decorative plaster work.
The collection comprises nearly 140 wooden moulds, the majority made from boxwood, which will be sold in 12 lots. Several examples are stamped with the names of the craftsmen to whom they once belonged.
Shown here is group of 12 English 19th century boxwood moulds, with stamped examples for C Barker, W Scupham and T Drewry, estimated at £300-500.
Mallams’ Asian Art sale in Cheltenham saleroom on May 4 includes a collection of 150 lots from the late Professor RM Hicks OBE. Her eclectic collection includes early Tang and Song ceramics, Chinese bronzes, Chinese rank badges and fine robes, as well as Middle Eastern Icat coats, panels, and skirts, many of which are labelled with details of the provenance and place of purchase. Pictured here is a group of Tang burial figures in sancai glazes.
In the 1920s, James Isaac Stealey owned a chain of photographic studios across England. With his wealth he and his wife Leah spent most of their time cruising the oceans on luxurious ships where they shared their love of gambling.
Plymouth Auction Rooms says: “He was a notorious poker player and his family have several fascinating stories about him and photographs including one showing him on the deck of a cruise ship in late 1940s wearing his prized Patek Philippe Gondola gold wristwatch [shown above], which more than likely was won in a card game along with some fine jewellery.
“Following his death in the 1950s his watch was stored in the family safe and some 65 years later it was bequeathed to Stealey’s great-grandson in Devon who sent it off to Patek Philippe’s workshops for a complete restoration completed in 2017.”
The 18ct gold watch will be offered at the Plymouth specialist watch sale on April 27 where it is expected to sell for more than £5000.
The sale at Semley Auctions in Shaftesbury, Dorset on April 16 includes a collection of portrait miniatures.
This watercolour on ivory portrait by James Scouler (1740-1812) is signed and dated 1781 and depicts John Singleton in the uniform of the 1st Dragoon Guards. Scouler, the son of an Edinburgh organ builder and music shop owner, studied at the St Martin’s Lane Academy. His work resembles that of John Smart, whose initials he shared.
This Edwardian silver-plated novelty toast rack modelled as a vintage car with a central coach lamp and steering wheel is marked for the maker Henry Wilkinson.
It has an estimate of £150-200 at Bishop & Miller in Stowmarket on April 28.
A Second World War wristwatch has been consigned to Lincolnshire saleroom John Taylors after the owner realised its value thanks to an episode of BBC Antiques Roadshow.
The watch is the scarcest of the so-called ‘Dirty Dozen’ commissioned for the military by the War Office and manufactured by 12 chosen manufacturers.
The version owned by a retired Louth schoolteacher, which had been lying around in a drawer at his home for decades, is a Grana now estimated at £12,000-15,000 on April 12.
Omega produced the most ‘Dirty Dozen’ watches, around 25,000. Grana made the smallest number, perhaps as few as a thousand.
This rare patinated copper and glass light fitting combines the talents of two Arts & Crafts luminaries: the designer Harold Stabler (1872-1945) and the maker Richard Llewellyn Benson Rathbone (1864-1939).
It possibly dates from the period 1903-05 when both men were teaching at Liverpool University.
Benson Rathbone was a relative of WAS Benson and also the cousin of Harold Rathbone of Della Robbia pottery fame.
The light fitting has an estimate of £6000-8000 at the Design since 1860 sale at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on April 20-21.
Italian firm Bertolami Fine Art holds a sale titled Glyptics in London on April 22.
The 378 lots of cameos ad intaglios includes this Greek Hellenistic amethyst intaglio set in a late 19th century gold ring. Carved with the head of a male youth (probably an idealised portrait of a Ptolemaic prince) it is dated to the 2nd century BC.
The intaglio comes for sale from a UK private collection with a guide of £7000-9000.
The book sale at Golding Young & Mawer in Lincoln on April 27 will consist of two significant libraries from Geoffrey Bond OBE and Rigby Graham MBE.
The Geoffrey Bond library consists of books and prints on Nottinghamshire, law, natural history, travel, sport and Derby porcelain. It will include a long run of Curtis’ Botanical Magazine (estimate £20,000-30,000) and, pictured here, Cartwright’s A Journal Of Transactions And Events During A Residence Of Nearly Sixteen Years On The Coast Of Labrador, published in Newark in 1792 (estimate £4000-6000).
The Graham studio library includes significant private press items, woodcut prints and art reference books.