Among the 19th century lots in the Photographs sale at Chiswick Auctions on November 30 is an album charting the naval tour of the future George V while he commanded HMS Crescent in 1898.
The last act of the Duke of York’s active service afloat is documented through 50 silver gelatin prints that (according to a similar copy held in the Royal Collection) were taken by the ship’s Chief Petty Officer, Thomas M McGregor.
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Allan Ramsay (1713-84) befriended a young Prince of Wales in 1757 with a portrait deemed so accurate that a life-long association developed. The prince-turned-king George III appointed Ramsay Principal Painter to the King in 1767.
This pair of half-length portraits was commissioned c.1761 (the year of George III’s coronation) for use in designing coinage for the British Empire.
Only three versions are known, with this pair estimated at £25,000-35,000 as part of Lyon & Turnbull’s Scottish Paintings & Sculpture sale on December 7.
This ancient Egyptian shabti from the from the tomb of the 21st Dynasty princess Nesitanebisheru was part of the famous Deir el-Bahari cache. It comes for sale at Timeline Auctions in Harwich, Essex, on December 5-9 and is estimated at £25,000-35,000.
The so-called Deir el- Bahari hoard was discovered in a settlement near Thebes in 1870. Found together in this single chamber were the mummies and funerary equipment of dozens of ancient Egyptian elites, seemingly reburied by priests to hide them from tomb robbers. DNA analysis has subsequently shown that the bodies of the great pharaohs Thutmose III and Ramesses II were among them.
This is one of the many faience ‘worker’ shabtis (burial figures) that was interred with the princess Nesitanebisheru. The daughter of Pinudjem II, a high priest of Amun, and his principal wife Neskhons, she lived c.980-935BC during the 21st Dynasty and the tumultuous era known to Egyptologists as the Third Intermediate Period.
The shabtis that accompanied her to the afterlife were each inscribed in black with columns of hieroglyphic text outlining the duties they would need to perform ‘for the Osiris Nesitanebisheru’. In this case, the spell tasks the shabti with the moving of soil and the cultivating and irrigating of fields.
The shabti was acquired by the European vendor at the Zurich Antiquities Fair from the Geneva dealership R Liechti.
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Concorde pilot Jock Lowe arranged with Breitling to produce 100 special wristwatches which were offered to pilots and crew of Concorde to buy in the late 1990s. One of these purchased by a pilot will be offered for sale at Chilcotts in Honiton, Devon, on December 2.
Ref F65362, it has an M2 symbol replacing the standard 9 o’clock marker (referring to the Mach 2 or 1350mph cruising speed of a Concorde) and a side profile image of a British Airways Concorde aeroplane at 3 o’clock. Measuring 40mm diameter, it comes with outer box, papers, bill of sale, Concorde luggage label and photographs.
This is a mid-19th century Etruscan Revival micro-mosaic brooch in the manner of Castellani, estimated at £400-600 in Eldreds’ December 5 auction in Plymouth.
The brooch measures 2 x 2in (5 x 5cm), not including hook, and comes in a fitted case marked Edmond Johnson, Jeweller to the Irish Court, Grafton St, Dublin.
Johnsons was the oldest established jewellers in Ireland, begun in 1760 and continued throughout the 19th century by descendants of the same family. However, Eldreds notes: “We don’t know for sure if this piece was made by Johnsons, or designed and made probably in Italy and retailed by the company.”
This Harry Bertoia (1915-78) mid-20th century steel wire and chromed metal sculpture, the cylindrical base issuing a spray of wires, height 2ft 4in (72cm), was purchased by the current vendor in 1973.
Contemporary photographs showing similar works in his Pennsylvania studio can be seen in Knoll Design by Eric Larrabee and Massimo Vignelli, Abrams 1981, pages 74-75.
It is available in Toovey’s November 30 auction in Washington, West Sussex, estimate £2000-4000.
Keem Bay by Paul Henry (1877-1958) comes fresh to the market at Adam’s Important Irish Art sale in Dublin on December 6. This work has not been seen in public for over a century having remained in the original owner’s family since it was acquired from the artist.
It was exhibited at Dublin’s Lenister Hall in October 1911 when bought by the collector Samuel Figgis. The Figgises had a cottage in Achill and it is believed Henry stayed with the family when he made his first visit to the island in the late summer of 1910. He later wrote of having no money at the time and having to rely on the generosity of others for his food, lodgings and even for his artist’s materials.
The estimate is €60,000-80,000.
A selection of paintings, ceramics, furniture and collectables from Heydon Grange will go under the hammer at Cheffins in Cambridge as part of the Fine Sale on December 6-8.
Situated close to Aylsham in north Norfolk, Heydon Grange dates back to the 17th century, with parts from as early as 1690. The house has been in ownership of the Buwler-Long family for the past 350 years, and is now being offered to rent by the family, as the latest generation looks to downsize. Heydon Grange is part of the Heydon Estate, which is home to the Grade-I listed Heydon Hall.
The 85 lots to be sold at Cheffins have been collected by the Buwler-Long family over the decades, with highlights including this portrait of John Turlough Dering of nearby Crow Hall in Denver, Norfolk, by Ramsay Richard Reinagle (1775- 1862) and dated 1828. It is estimated at £7000-10,000.
The Christmas Art & Antiques sale at Gildings in Market Harborough on December 5 will finish with this Andy Warhol screenprint of Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger.
Produced in 1975 and numbered 143 from an edition of 250, it is signed by the artist and subject and measures 1.1m x 74cm (or 1.45 x 1.1m) in its frame. It comes from the property of a deceased estate having been acquired from the Halcyon Gallery in Birmingham in 2003.
Sometimes described as the best player never to have captained England, Percy Fender (1892-1985) was certainly a talented all-rounder, scoring 19,034 runs and taking 1894 wickets in first class cricket.
His obituary in The Times described him as “a sharp captain, quick to observe the slightest opportunity of advantage and ready to gamble on his ability to exploit it. His keen eye for weakness in an opponent and ability to extract and employ the best powers of his own players caused him often, and with reason, to be described as the best county captain who never captained England. No more flexible thinker on cricket ever lived.”
Much of his cricketing memorabilia, however, was destroyed during the Blitz when the Surrey Oval was bombed, but what he chose to keep at home comes, via direct family descent, to auction at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood of Exeter on December 5.
Among the items is one of the few remaining cartoons by Tom Webster featuring Fender, who chose to wear glasses at the crease even though he had no need of them. It reads: Last week P.G.H. Fender, The Surrey Captain told me that he was going to play in glasses. I don’t think he informed Hampshire…… and Mr Fender collected 185.
Signed and dated 1922, it measures 12 x 12½in (31.5 x 32cm) and is guided at £200-300.
The 1400 lots for sale in Mitchells’ Antiques & Fine Art Sale in Cumbria from November 29-December 1 includes a private collection of 30 original drawings by Alfred Wainwright (1907-91) on the second day (Thursday).
With estimates starting from £300 in the Cockermouth saleroom, one of the highest guides for the drawings by Wainwright is £1200-1800 for a signed pen and ink illustration of Cold Pike, shown here. The drawings include views of Coniston and other Lake District fells as well as Yorkshire, Wales, Scotland and a depiction of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire worth £300-400.
A number of signed Wainwright prints, first and later edition books, some signed, as well as many first edition Lakeland sketchbooks are also for sale.
Thomas Del Mar’s Antique Arms, Armour & Militaria sale on December 6 at Olympia Auctions in London will include 56 lots from the Bernard Dickens Collection of fine English firearms.
Dickens, who lives in Somerset, started collecting half a century ago. He said: “From early boyhood I have been fascinated by the technical development and aesthetics of muzzle-loading firearms. These were the days when local antiques shops were selling flintlock long arms from a basket at a fiver each, and pocket money was as much as half a crown.”
Among the highlights is a fine and rare 10-bore flintlock duck gun by London-maker James Barbar dating from c.1755 and almost certainly made for William Constable (1721-91) of Burton Constable. An invoice from James Barbar of 1755/56 survives for three ‘very large bore steel mounted’ William Constable guns at £8.13.0 each and it seems likely this gun is one of them.
A collection of rare playing cards dating from 1675-1898 is on offer at Special Auction Services in Newbury on December 6.
The cards were often designed for satirical amusement and provided a social commentary frequently highlighting key moments in history.
Shown here is the top lot, a set of very rare Thomas Bowles South Sea Bubble Stock-jobbing cards c.1720. The South Sea Bubble is said to have been the world’s first financial collapse and each card tells a different story about how money was lost and its link to the slave trade.