Pictured above is a sample of 21 vintage Louis Vuitton luggage trunks that feature in the Fine Antique auction at John Nicholson’s in Fernhurst, Surrey, on September 29.
The cases are estimated at £1000-1500 each.
A trademark work by French street art star Invader (b.1969) forms part of the sale of Modern & Contemporary Prints and Multiples at Chiswick Auctions on October 5. One of the artist’s Invasion Kits from 2007, it comprises sufficient ceramic tiles to create his famous space invader motif. It is from a limited edition numbered 25/50.
Invader has been placing his work in unexpected corners of the globe for more than two decades. There are now more than 4000 similar mosaics affixed to buildings and structures in 79 cities in 20 countries
Kits like this were issued backed with sticky plastic so that buyers could also be part of the ‘invasion’ and tag their own neighbourhoods. However, fortunately for the vendor of this piece, which was bought from the Lazarides Gallery in London in 2007, it remained in its original packaging.
This watercolour by Snaffles (Charlie Johnson Payne 1884-1967) depicts amateur jockey Bobby Vivian being unseated as he rides in the Grand Military Gold Cup in 1923.
A member of the Lifeguards regiment, Captain Vivian (1898-1984) rode 32 winners under National Hunt rules from 1921-32. He took part in the Grand Military Gold Cup at Sandown Park in 1923 (a race restricted to serving military amateur riders) but fell at a fence. He remounted and completed the course.
The painting, which is signed and dated 1923, has been handed down by Captain Vivian’s family through the generations. It comes for sale at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s biannual Westcountry Sporting Sale in Taunton on October 6.
This Rowntrees sign is estimated at £80-120 as part of the sale of contents of an old-fashioned sweet shop being auctioned by Hansons of Etwall, Derbyshire, on October 8.
Edward & Vintage was opened by Dave Walker in the Peak District village of Tissington in 2012 but will close this month. Walker, who started collecting at flea markets from around the age of 10, is now involved with a new project: renovating a group of crofters’ cottages on the island of Sanday, Orkney, that he bought in 2016. Around 100 lots will be offered.
Rudolph Ihlee (1883-1968) was a prize-winning student at the Slade in the company of Stanley Spencer, CRW Nevinson and Mark Gertler.
Although he had four solo exhibitions in London, he spent much of his career in Collioure, in the south of France. A new book by James Trollope, Rudolph Ihlee: The Road to Collioure, published by Lund Humphries, chronicles his travels in France, Algeria and Spain and includes the first catalogue of his work.
Several Ihlee works are coming up for auction at Sworders of Stansted Mountfitchet on October 4. Pictured here is The Bridge at Hendaye, 1922, oil on canvas, 20in x 2ft (51 x 61cm), signed, (illustrated in Trollope’s book), estimated at £800-1200.
Others include Le Chemin de la Mer, Vigo, Spain, 1935, oil on canvas, 18½ x 22in (47 x 56cm), signed, exhibited at New English Art Club, guided at £500-700, and Still Life with Leeks, 1936, oil on canvas, 23½in x 2ft 5in (60 x 73cm), signed, estimated at £400-600.
This set of three Opus Anglicanum orphrey panels with applique and couched work on a gilt diapered ground are similar to others in museum collections dated to the 15th or 16th century.
They have a guide of £1500-2000 at the Woolley & Wallis Furniture and Works of Art sale in Salisbury on October 6.
Orphrey panels such as these were traditionally applied to ecclesiastical vestments, such as chasubles or copes, or to altar frontal cloths. They were made using silk and precious metal threads often commissioned by the patron of the churches in which they would be seen and are usually either English or Italian. The term ‘Opus Anglicanum’ was first adopted in the 13th century to classify works of this nature.
This pair of Napoleon III château internal double doors and frame in carved walnut and gilt bronze come for sale at Ellis, Willis & Beckett in Sheffield on October 18.
The 8ft 2in (2.5m) high doors were installed by a builder in a red brick house in Dronfield, Derbyshire, in 1923 and remained there ever since. As part of modernisation works, they have now been removed and are expected to bring £1000-2000.
Beginning in the Northern Wei period, zodiac figures presented with human bodies were used as funerary sculpture. Typically, the 12 figures were sited in a north-south direction in coffin chambers to represent the progress of time.
This set in painted terracotta, modelled standing and wearing court dresses (shenyi), dates from the Tang dynasty (618-907AD). It has an estimate of £15,000-30,000 at Apollo Auctions in London on October 9.
The sale at The Auction Centre in Runcorn, Cheshire on September 30 includes this George III Scottish silver member’s badge for The Edinburgh Skating Club – the world’s first figure skating organisation.
It is engraved to the obverse with a pair of crossed ice skates and a banner with the motto Ocior Euro (Swifter than the East Wind) and to the reverse Edinburgh Skating Society, Hugh Broughton, 1801.
Duke’s Art & Design post 1880 sale on September 30 includes items from the collection of Bournemouth and Poole College.
The consignment includes Jacob Epstein’s 1922 bronze with green patina Second Portrait of Kathleen. Epstein met Kathleen Garman in August 1921 and made her his second wife some 30 years later. He completed seven portraits of her in total, this being the one completed just six months after the first.
In the 1963 monograph Jacob Epstein: Sculptor, Richard Buckle commented on the likeness: “Although modelled in the Winter – in January 1922 – it has a sultry summer afternoon quality very different from the radiant visionary first portrait. Lips parted, eyes half closed, Kathleen basks sensuously, full of honey.”
This pair of paintings by Adriaen van Diest (1655-1704), in carved giltwood frames, the property of a gentleman, is estimated together at £8000-12,000 in the Charterhouse Pictures, Books & Maps Auction in Sherborne, Dorset, on October 6.
Van Diest was born in The Hague, the son of Jeronymus van Diest, a painter of maritime pieces, but moved to London aged 17, where he was employed by Granville, Earl of Bath.
Of note among the paintings in the October 1-2 fine art and antiques sale at The Canterbury Auction Galleries is this portrait of the civil engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, painted by John Callcott Horsley (1817-1903), his brother-in-law.
The oil on canvas, 3ft x 2ft 4in (91.5 x 71cm) in a gilt frame reveals a very different man from the familiar image of Brunel in a stove-pipe hat. Instead of the faintly swaggering pose of that famous photograph, the painting reveals a calm but intense individual, hard at work as ever.
It is reputed that Brunel sat for the painting at Horsley’s home, Orestone Lodge, now Orestone Manor, near Torquay. Brunel fell in love with the English Riviera while he worked on the Great Western Railway, later buying a plot and starting to design Brunel Manor on the outskirts of the resort where, before his untimely death, he planned to retire.
Horsley, who designed the first Christmas card, painted a near-identical portrait of Brunel in 1857, which now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery, and four copies.
Three are in public institutions, but the present example, from 1885, remained in private ownership by long family descent, firstly from Brunel’s nephew to Brunel’s granddaughter, Celia, of Fleet House, Weymouth, then directly through her family to the current vendor.
It had been in the collection of Celia’s son, Sir Humphrey Brunel Noble, and exhibited at The Victorian Era Exhibition in 1897.
Coin dealer Patrick Deane first became interested in 17th and 18th century trade tokens in 1970 when working at Spink and Son. He sold his first collection of around 1250 pieces in 1984.
Twenty years or so elapsed before the collection was re-started when Deane was given the opportunity to acquire pieces from the celebrated Victorian collection of Francis Cokayne. Now numbering around 2500 items, it will be sold in two or three parts by Baldwin’s in London – the first tranche on October 5.
Deane had been fortunate to buy this Sawbridgeworth Penny, struck by grocer and tea merchant Robert Orchard in 1801, from the Baldwin Basement Collection for half what he was expecting to pay.
This piece, made using a broken die with Orchard’s portrait on the obverse and a view of the Hertfordshire town to the reverse, is one of just five in existence. One holds the record price for any tradesman’s token sold at auction. A Sawbridgeworth Penny sold for £145 at Glendinings in 1923 while a similar example in the Noble collection auctioned in Melbourne in July 1988 sold for a remarkable Aus$60,000.
The token in the Deane collection, which survives essentially as struck, is available with an opening bid of £5000.
This Victorian silver cigarette box with fine enamelled scene of five kilted soldiers of various Highland regiments, dancing to bagpipes in a typical Highland moorland scene is on offer at Thomson Roddick Carlisle on October 18.
Monogrammed and dated 1893, by Deakin & Francis, Birmingham 1892, it measures 7½ x 3½ x 2in (19.5 x 9.5 x 5.5cm) and is estimated at £500-800.