Mayfair saleroom Noonans is to sell The Jerome J Platt Collection of 17th century Medallions on November 23.
Comprising approximately 170 lots, it is a specialist collection including several examples of military rewards from the English Civil War 1642-49. Among the highlights is an unsigned silver-gilt Military Reward, probably by Thomas Rawlins, which measures 40 x 31mm and was awarded by Robert Devereux, 3rd Earl of Essex in 1642, estimated at £1000-1200.
When the war broke out, Essex was appointed commander-in-chief of the parliamentary forces. An experienced and popular commander, he successfully rallied his troops at the Battle of Edgehill in 1642, preventing a total rout; he captured Reading and relieved Gloucester the following year. This medal was issued to be given to persons of various ranks in Essex’s army.
Though they were fighting against the king, the Roundheads were not entirely comfortable with the situation. His Majesty is still represented on the reverse, enthroned and presiding over Parliament, and the Parliamentary Ordinance that commissioned Essex to his post of captain-general specifically assigned him the task of ‘preserving the Safety of his Majesty’s Person’.
An extensive sketch book with 98 individual studies in watercolour and pencil attributed to the ‘the Turner of the North’ George Weatherill and family is coming up at Ryedale Auctioneers on November 18-19.
The book was owned by the Turnbulls, a prominent Whitby shipping family and collectors of work by the Weatherills. It is to be sold as part of the sale of the contents of The Grange, Goathland, in the Country House Sale on November 18-19.
Some sketches are dated – from the 1830s through to the 1870s – but none are signed. They include watercolours of individual ships (one with the artist’s comment ‘too long’), or pencil studies of the North Yorkshire coast, including Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay.
Ryedale notes that although the book is attributed to George Weatherill on the front page, it is possible that some of the sketches were executed by other members of the Weatherill family.
The sale at Chorley’s in Prinknash Abbey, Gloucestershire on December 5 includes the Victor Hill collection of Modern British art. These works acquired by Lt Col Murray ‘Victor’ Burrow Hill (1887-1986) come fresh to the market with some unseen for a century.
This oil on canvas titled Still Life with Earthenware Vessel and Blue Ewer by Mark Gertler (1891- 1939) is believed to have been acquired directly from the artist the year it was painted in 1922.
It is estimated at £6000-8000.
Silvery Moonlight by John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836- 1893) comes for sale in Tennants’ British, European and Sporting Art sale on November 12 with an estimate of £80,000-120,000.
The painting is from the estate of Denton Hall in Ilkley, Yorkshire which was part of the NG Bailey group of companies for over 40 years until its recent sale.
The Catherine Southon sale at Farleigh Golf Club on November 16 includes more than 20 botanical watercolours that come by descent from the botanist William Curtis (1746-99).
His reputation was such that he was made the praefectus horti of the Society of Apothecaries at the Chelsea Physic Garden in 1772. The following year he established a botanical garden for the cultivation and study of native British plants, first in Bermondsey, then in Lambeth Marsh and later Brompton. For an annual subscription of a guinea patrons could visit and attend the lectures he gave there, and for an extra guinea a year they could also have a share in the 6000 plants and seeds from the garden.
These two watercolour and pencil botanical studies of Buphthalmum Heleniodies (Yellow Ox Eye) and Inula Squarrosa are offered together with a guide of £500-800.
Duke’s November 17 Interiors auction includes the second part of the collection of fine collectables, furniture and works of art from the estate of the late dealer Richard Pratley. The first part formed a section of the October Interiors sale.
Pratley’s family shop, GR Pratley and Sons, was located at the centre of Worcester high street since its origins in 1880 until its closure in 2011.
His taste covered a broad range of styles and disciplines, largely focused around the decorative and the vernacular.
Shown here is a set of 12 William and Mary walnut dining chairs, including two armchairs, estimated at £2000-4000.
South London saleroom Roseberys is offering this portrait of Sir Charles Pratt, latterly 1st Earl Camden (1714-94), by the studio of Sir Joshua Reynolds.
Sir Charles was an important figure in Georgian judicial circles and was the first to hold the title of Earl of Camden. In the oil on canvas, 2ft 5in x 2ft (72.5 x 60.5cm) he is shown half-length, wearing red robes of the chief justice in his role as Lord Chancellor.
The portrait last appeared on the open market in 1992 when it was sold at Sotheby’s and has, for years, been hanging in the Mayor’s Parlour of Camden Town Hall. The picture relates to several other portraits of the sitter by Reynolds.
Estimate on November 16 is £4000-6000.
A collector has decided to sell their entire collection of Roman coins as one lot at Ipswich saleroom Lockdales on November 19-20.
The East Anglian Provenance Collection comprises 1790 coins and is estimated at £50,000-60,000.
Most of them were found in East Anglia, with some scarce examples further afield such as Leicestershire and Yorkshire. The majority are silver denarii, a few plated, with also silver and billon antoniniani (such as the Emperor Balbinus coin pictured here found at Icklingham, Suffolk. Balbinus was emperor with Pupienus for three months in 238, the Year of the Six Emperors. The two quarrelled and then were killed by the Praetorian Guard).
A set of autograph draft orders sent by Horatio, Viscount Nelson (1758-1805) to his second-in-command Rear Admiral Sir Richard Bickerton (1759- 1832) are coming up for auction at Capes Dunn of Heaton Mersey on November 15.
Although without Nelson’s signature, it was signed by the intended recipient who was on board the the 100- gun ship Royal Sovereign and dated May 31, 1804.
It is offered with a provenance chronicling its ownership history since 1855 descending to the present owner and had been recorded in The Dispatches and Letters of Vice Admiral Lord Nelson, published by H Colburn, 1844.
Bickerton spent much of the Napoleonic War on blockade duty, by 1804 in the Mediterranean as second in command to Nelson. He returned to the UK in 1805 for a spell because of illness – the year Nelson was killed at Trafalgar.