The property of an Oxfordshire estate, this George IV carved mahogany reading/library chair attributed to Morgan & Saunders has a guide of £3000-5000 at the Fine Interiors sale staged by The Pedestal in Henley- On-Thames on March 8.
A design for a chair of this type, including its ratcheted reading rest and small stationery drawers, can be seen in Ackermann’s Regency Furniture and Interiors together with an explanation as to its use. It concludes: “As a proof of their real comfort and convenience, they are now of great sale at the ware-rooms of the inventors, Messrs. Morgan and Saunders, Catherine Street, Strand.”
Studio ceramics from the collection formed over 40 years by New York art dealer Dr John P Driscoll set many new benchmarks when sold as a joint auction by Maak and Phillips in 2021. The Art of Fire sale generated more than £5m.
Driscoll (whose dealing speciality was Hudson River School pictures) owned more than 1600 pots and a further 230 lots will be offered by Maak in a timed online sale titled East Meets West closing on March 10.
It includes this c.1962 incised earthenware water pot by the Nigerian potter Ladi Kwali whose work reached new highs in The Art of Fire (a record £105,000). This 15in (38cm) high pot with zoomorphic designs is estimated at £6000-8000.
Day two of the Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples auction from March 8-9 at Roseberys of West Norwood features 241 lots from the estate of master printer Alan Cox.
Cox produced high-quality lithographs for a number of artists, including John Hoyland, Howard Hodgkin, Stephen Buckley, Jim Dine, Ivor Abrahams, Eduardo Paolozzi and even David Bowie.
He initially set up Grafik in Whitechapel, then later Zinc Editions and latterly Sky Editions in the Docklands. Many of the prints in this auction have the Sky Editions blindstamp in the paper.
Aside from being a lithographer, Cox made his own printed designs. He worked with Paula Rego in 1982 on three large lithographs and was one of 10 artists invited to contribute a screenprint to the Royal Academy Schools portfolio Number 1, with the other contributors including Terry Frost, Peter Blake, Bruce McLean and Sandra Blow.
Shown above from Cox’s collection is Untitled (Thirty-Five Artists) by William Scott (1913- 89), a 1982 lithograph in colours on wove, signed in pencil, a proof aside from the edition of 50, published by The Royal College of Art London. The unframed 20in x 2ft 2in (50.5 x 65.5cm) sheet is estimated at £2000-3000.
Harry Houdini (1874-1926) toured Britain 13 times between 1900-20.
His final show took place at the New Cross Empire in London on June 12, 1920, six days after The Magicians’ Club dinner was held in his honour at Bennion’s Restaurant in Oxford Street.
This menu for a seven-course feast, signed by Houdini and his wife ‘Bess’, is expected to bring £800-1200 at Ewbank’s in Woking on March 4. It is part of a group of Houdini items that come by descent from Richard Bertram Ogle (1889-1976), an artist who painted Houdini’s portrait during the 1920 tour.
Tennants’ British, European and Sporting Pictures Sale on March 19 includes Pilgrims Hall, Essex by Rex John Whistler (1905- 44) estimated at £5000-7000.
The picture was commissioned in 1936 by JFN Lawrence, whose family lived at the Essex house from 1913-68, and it has passed by descent in the same family.
According to accompanying documents, Whistler – “a pale, dark-haired young man, friendly but evidently shy” – captured the house in preparatory drawings on a cold June day. However, he filled the finished picture with warmth and golden light.
Whistler, a key figure among the Bright Young Things and British high society between the wars, was killed by a mortar attack in the Second World War while serving in the Guards Armoured Division.
This early 18th-century French silver table bell with wrythen handle, ball finial and engraved foliate decoration comes for sale at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh. Part of a March 9 silver sale, it is estimated at £800-1200.
The sale of original posters at Antikbar in London on March 19 includes a large number of small format London Underground posters advertising a variety of inter-war events.
This sheet, designed by Dora Margaret Batty (1891-1966), features an elegant Art Deco image of a plane leaving a contrail as it loops in the sky. Made by the Dangerfield Printing Company, it promotes an RAF display that took place on June 25, 1932 at the Hendon Aerodrome.
The sale at Brighton & Hove Auctions on March 4 includes a collection of First World War recruitment posters previously owned by ‘a former employee of the War Office’. Most come unframed and unlined in fine folded condition.
This well-known image c.1915 by Lionel Edwards titled At The Front! Enlist Now shows horse artillery in battle alongside the legend Every fit Briton should join our brave men at the Front. It is guided at £200-400.
This advertising enamel sign Agent For Collinsons Tea measures 12 x 8in (30 x 20cm). In good condition, it has a starting bid of £160 at GW Railwayana in Evesham on March 11-12.
This rare etching of Dieppe harbour by CRW Nevinson (1889-1946) is dated 1923. Signed in pencil and inscribed with the title, it is one of only a handful of proofs pulled and was first exhibited at Alex Reid and Lefevre Gallery, London 1927.
It has a guide of £3000-5000 at Modern Art Auctions in Scarborough on March 22.
Frank Shenton’s oil on board Early Morning, Abney Church, Mossley, signed and dated ‘63, has a guide of £300-500 at the sale of Northern Art at Wilson 55 in Nantwich on March 10.
Shenton (British 1920-99) taught art at Tameside College for 30 years, occasionally exhibiting at the Royal Academy. His watercolour of Ashton War Memorial was adopted by Manchester Museum in 1991.
A single-owner contents sale at Swan Fine Art in Tetsworth on March 10 includes, estimated at £200-400, this Tunbridgeware writing slope decorated with architectural scenes and vignettes of flora and fauna.
Complete with fitted interior including two ink bottles, a pen holder, original red velvet slope surface, it is the work of Henry Hollamby (1842-91), one of the Tunbrideware exhibitors at the Great Exhibition in 1851 and the London International Exhibition in 1862.
This oil on board, The Tennis Match, by the German artist Josef Oppenheimer (1876- 1966), was given to the present owner by the sculptor Dame Elisabeth Frink.
As part of the British & European art sale at Bonhams on March 9, it is pitched at £5000-7000.