Among a selection of war recruitment posters included in Onslow’s 40th Anniversary Auction of Vintage Posters on November 30 is the classic Savile Lumley (1876-1960) design, Daddy, what did you do in the Great War? A good copy with only two small tears is guided at £700-1000.
Created in 1915, this was perhaps the least-used of the 14 posters published by the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee and really became much more famous after the war. At the time its guilt-inducing approach was not popular or particularly effective.
Famously, the men fighting on the Western Front found dark humour in the poster’s message – often embellishing the posters with very matter-of-fact graffiti.
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This signed watercolour The Maid and the Unicorn by Edmund Dulac (1882-1953) appeared on the cover of The American Weekly in April 1937, to illustrate an article on ancient myths. It has an estimate of £3600-4000 at Canterbury Auction Galleries’ weekend sale of November 25-26.
The Asian Art sale at McTear’s in Glasgow on November 23 includes this mixed-metal vase by the highly regarded Meiji period metalworker Ikkodo Miyabe Atsuyoshi. The 9in (22cm) high elongated ovoid form, with cranes among branches in silver, silver gilt and copper, is fully signed to base.
The British Art Pottery & Design sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on November 29-30 includes a fine selection of pieces by the Martin Brothers. Among more than 50 lots is this 8½in (22cm) stoneware grotesque vase by Edwin and Walter Martin, dated 1911.
Applied with two modelled reptile handles, each biting the top rim of the vase, the body is incised with a turbulent flowing water design. Identical to another pictured in Malcolm Haslam’s book The Martin Brothers Potters, it has a provenance to Samuel Avery, a key patron of the firm who purchased it directly from the Martin Brothers.
The Fine & Decorative Interiors sale at The Pedestal in Henley-on-Thames on November 28 includes this pair of Regency white painted and gilt sofas with a rich provenance.
In the manner of the London maker Morrel & Hughes, they were originally in situ at Ditchley Park in Oxfordshire at the time Ronald Tree (1897-1976) and his wife the interior decorator Nancy Tree (1897-1994) were residents.
Sold at Sotheby’s house sale in 1947, they were later part of the décor in the Crush Room at the Royal Opera House, a donation from the architect Dennis Lennon, architect (1918-91).
They were deaccessioned in 2019 and subsequently sold to the current owner in a charity event at the Royal Opera House.
This sterling silver scale model of the Lockheed TriStar aircraft is on offer at Cotswold auction house Kinghams on November 24. The estimate in Moreton-in-Marsh is £600-800.
Measuring over 14½in (37cm) in length, and with a wingspan of 12½in (32cm), the model aircraft was made in 1/72 scale and is complete with a wooden stand. The detail is such that the plane’s wings depict the stabilisers, ailerons, rudders and elevators. The cargo and passenger doors, radar nose cone, cabin and cockpit windows are also represented in fine detail.
The piece is fully hallmarked to the underside of the fuselage, confirming that it was made by the Nayler Brothers in London in 1976.
It was commissioned by a British Airways pilot, the vendor here. In 1973, he travelled to Lockheed in Palmdale, California, as part of a team of six experts tasked to ensure the TriStar’s smooth introduction into British Airways’ routes. His career with BA culminated with control of its worldwide fleet of 250 aircraft.
This model was a special memento.