The Fine Art sale at Toovey’s in Washington, West Sussex, on September 7 includes this framed group of watercolour on ivory portrait miniatures by Louis-Marie Sicardi.
He was an official painter to the French court, working largely for Marie Antoinette and produced miniatures such as this to be presented as diplomatic gifts. This group pictures Louis XVI, Catherine II, Paul I, Leopold II, Frederick Christian VII, Denmark, one of them signed and dated 1785.
With a Colnaghi label verso, it has a guide of £4000-6000.
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The Costume, Accessories & Textiles Sale at Tennants of Leyburn on August 20 will include a range of textiles with provenance from three aristocratic households, including a private collection that has passed by descent from the 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma (1900-79).
As Viceroy of India in 1947, shortly before independence, he and his wife, Edwina Ashley (1901-60), acquired many of the items included in this sale. Highlights include two c.1940s Indian cloth dolls of Lord and Lady Mountbatten estimated at £120-180, pictured top.
The auction also features a collection of monogrammed bed linen and accessories for Princess Mary of Harewood House, and a collection of costume, textiles and ephemera from Castle Howard, North Yorkshire.
The sale at Roseberys London on August 18 includes a consignment of furnishings and archival material removed from the offices of Country Life magazine.
The property of Future PLC, owner of the magazine since 2019, it includes a large number of architectural and interior photographs of properties and estates across the British isles used in the features that have been an important component of Country Life since its inception. Offered in 10 lots, and categorised according to county, they are expected to bring £100-200 each.
Pictured here is one of many photos from the archive of properties in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Wales including Mawley Hall, Plas Newydd, Mathern, Mounton, and Ruthin Castle.
Sworders’ August 23 Books and Maps sale includes one of only a few copies of JK Rowling’s The Cuckoo’s Calling signed by the author under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
It is thought that fewer than 250 copies of the 2013 first edition were similarly signed before Rowling was unmasked as the author a few months after publication.
The creator of the Harry Potter series secretly published a crime novel under the guise of male debut writer Robert Galbraith in April 2013. The fictitious author was supposed to have been a former plain-clothes Royal Military Police investigator who had left the armed forces in 2003 to work in the civilian security industry.
The Cuckoo’s Calling, about a war veteran turned private investigator called Cormoran Strike, was reasonably well reviewed at the time but had sold fewer than 1500 copies before the secret was blown by The Sunday Times in July. Within hours, it had risen more than 5000 places to top Amazon’s sales list.
The signed copy that comes for sale at Sworders with an estimate of £1000-1500 was purchased at the time from London dealership Goldsboro Books.
This German novelty ‘legs’ pocket corkscrew with pink thighs and two tone blue striped half stockings dates from the Naughty Nineties. It has a guide of £100-150 at Henry Adams of Chichester on August 18.
The Beano Comic No 1 is a trophy item for most UK comics collectors. It came out on July 30, 1938, introducing Big Eggo, Lord Snooty and His Pals, Morgyn The Mighty and Tin-Can Tommy to an unsuspecting world.
With only around 30 copies known to exist, this example on offer in a Comic Book Auctions timed online sale ending on August 28 has bright cover colours and some minor tears to right-hand page edges and one tear to the spine. The vendor has had it in his collection for some 40 years.
Dawsons holds a sale of Jewellery, Silver & Watches in Maidenhead on August 18. It includes this Art Nouveau plique-à-jour enamel and pearl pendant centred by a mother of pearl cameo depicting the Virgin Mary.
It is signed F Vernon for the French sculptor and medallist Frédéric Charles Victor de Vernon (1858-1912) with the design taken from his Virgo Virginum medal design.
Shown here is an oil on board by Indian artist Jamini Prakash (or Prakash Gangopadhyaya) Gangooly (1876-1953). Signed lower left, the (21.5 x 29cm) work, Evening Glows: Chomolhari Snows, Himalayan mountain landscape, is estimated at £3000-5000 in the August 18 auction at Thomson Roddick’s Rosewell (Edinburgh) saleroom.