Duke’s of Dorchester is offering this gold pear-cased pocket watch (pictured above) by George Graham of London (1673-1751) on December 8 estimated at £5000-8000.
With key wind movement, the gold champlevé Graham dial with black Roman numerals and outer Arabic five minute chapter, steel blue hands, pierced floral and bird decoration inner case and outer case, it comes together with a 9ct gold pocket watch chain. There is a WS maker’s mark to the case for William Sherwood, c.1720, no 485.
This Modern British oil on board by Henry Lamb titled Cambridge Punts comes for sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on December 14 with a guide of £2000-3000. Signed and dated 1925, the pictured was sold at the Leicester Galleries, London as part of the JL Behrend collection in 1962.
This Type 200 series telephone with exchange list drawer in red Bakelite c.1956 has an estimate of £600-800 at Hansons in Etwall, Derbyshire on December 13.
The sale of Valuable Books and Manuscripts at Christie’s on December 14 includes, estimated at £1500-2000, this fine first edition copy of Michael Bond’s A Bear Called Paddington published in 1958. It includes black and white illustrations by Peggy Fortnum including one to the original dust-jacket.
Ewbank’s will sell a second sketchbook by John Glover (1767-1849), having taken £65,000 for another in June 2021 (ATG No 2502) by the man dubbed the Father of Australian Landscape Painting.
Consisting of 105 sketches, John Glover Sketchbook No 71 still contains 47 mainly pencil and some grey wash sketches of cattle and landscapes in southern English locations.
The previous sketchbook sold by Ewbank’s was No 48, begun in 1817 and showing scenes from a Scottish Tour taken from August 30-October 27 that year. It went to an Australian buyer.
The current sketchbook, which is initialled and numbered to the inside of the front cover, was a gift to the vendor’s father from the well-known dealer Cyril Fry and dates to a period before Glover departed for Australia at the age of 64 in 1831. Estimate on December 9 at the Send, Surrey, saleroom is £8000-12,000.
Native to Madagascar, the Elephant Bird, Aepyornis maximus, produced the largest egg of any animal that has ever lived.
Standing around 10ft tall and weighing half a tonne, the volume of an average Elephant Bird egg is equivalent to 160 modern chicken eggs. They lived to well within human memory, probably becoming extinct c.1200. Fragments of eggs are still found in parts of Madagascar.
This example, made up from fragments of multiple specimens with the cracks filled, measures just over 12in (31cm) across. It forms part of the Objects of Wonder sale at Curated Auctions in London on December 8.
This early 17th century pearl inlaid lacquer coffer dates from the end of the Momoyama period or the start of the Edo. Made for the Portuguese market, these are known as nanban wares: the name (meaning ‘southern barbarians’) given by the Japanese to European merchants.
This domed-lidded coffer, 18in (40cm) across, is of a type nicknamed kamaboko (fish sausage). It is guided at £5000-7000 at Alastair Gibson Auctions in London on December 14.
Gavin Gardiner’s online auction of Modern & Vintage Sporting Guns on December 14 includes this a fine pair of 14-bore percussion guns built by Charles Lancaster for Prince Albert as a gift from Queen Victoria.
Albert was a regular customer of Charles Lancaster, and he ordered his first pair of 15-bore guns in 1843. The maker confirms that these guns with the gold escutcheons engraved with a crowned A were built in 1850.
Day two of Mallams’ second Design and Modern Art Sale on December 7-8 includes the Ron and Lorna Wheeler Collection featuring almost 100 lots of studio ceramics.
Ron was chief executive of Tewkesbury council for over 20 years as well as a noted ceramics scholar. During his time with the council he had arranged for overseas students from the British Council to visit Winchcombe Pottery in Gloucestershire.
Seeing how influential the pottery had been on these students, yet how little was documented about it, he set about writing Winchcombe Pottery: The Cardew-Finch Tradition, published in 1998, in conjunction with Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum (CAGM). It continues to be used by university ceramic courses to this day.
The Wheeler collection features items by a range of potters such as Sid Tustin, Michael Cardew, Ray Finch and Bernard Leach.
Shown here is a 9in (23cm) diameter slipware shallow bowl, with impressed potter’s and pottery seals, by Tustin (1913-2005) at Winchcombe Pottery. Estimate £70-100.
The sale at Bamfords in Derby on December 8-9 includes, estimated at £400-600, this first edition of Harry Craddock’s 1930 classic The Savoy Cocktail Book. Illustrated by Gilbert Rumbold, it comes in its original black cloth-backed pictorial boards in pale gold, green, grey and black.
This George IV silver gilt inkstand with cast scrolling shellwork border, four paw feet and a cherub finial weighs 23oz and has hallmarks for Richard Sibley, London 1827.
At Great Western Auctions in Glasgow on December 9-10 it is expected to bring £1500-2500.
The sale of Scottish Paintings & Sculpture at Lyon & Turnbull on December 8 in Edinburgh includes, estimated at £10,000-15,000, this oil on canvas The Rose Fan by Eric Robinson (1887-1941). Signed and dated 1920, it comes for sale by direct descent from the artist to the present owner.
After serving in the Friends’ Ambulance Unit during the First World War, Robertson had returned to Edinburgh in 1919. According to the artist’s records, the sitter in this portrait is Miss Maisie Luman who reclines on a chaise longue and turns her head to meet the viewer’s gaze.
It was exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy and pictured in The Studio magazine in the year it was painted and in 1921 shown in London in the National Portrait Society’s 11th annual exhibition.
A timed online sale at 1818 Auctioneers in Milnthorpe, Cumbria, includes this pen and ink sketch by Alfred Wainwright (1907-91). The Duddon at Wallbarrow, signed and attributed verso, is expected to bring £800-1200 when bidding closes on December 11.
This pair of gold earrings with filigree and granular decoration date from the Hellenistic period, 323-31BC. In excellent condition, they come for sale at Apollo Art Auctions in London on December 11 from a British collection formed in the 1990s and, prior to that, a Swiss collection.
This drypoint etching by Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson (1889-1946) is titled Ebb Tide on the Camber and dates from 1918. Signed in pencil, and measuring 10 x 14in (26 x 36cm), it has expectations of £1500-2000 at Parker Fine Art Auctions in Farnham, Surrey, on December 8.
This Jacobean double portrait painted in 1606 shows Thomas Pope, 3rd Earl of Downe (1598-1668) and his elder brother Sir William Pope, 2nd Earl of Downe (1596-1624) at the ages of eight and ten.
They appear the picture of familial harmony, wearing matching clothes and holding hands – an early example of affection between siblings in British portraiture. The artist is unknown although the painting has been associated with the Tudor court artist Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger (1561-1636), who painted other members of the Pope family, including the boys’ mother Anne Hopton in 1596.
The 4ft 6in (1.38m) high oil on canvas will be offered in Dreweatts’ Old Master, British and European Art sale in Newbury on December 14. As part of property from the collection of Sir Mark and Lady Weinberg, it carries an estimate of £40,000-60,000.