Painting by early English surrealist Peter Rose Pulham, estimated at £5000-7000 at Anderson & Garland.  

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A painting by the early English surrealist Peter Rose Pulham (1910-56) will be offered at Anderson & Garland on May 23. Mirror and Mantlepiece is estimated at £5000-7000 as part of the Newcastle saleroom’s Modern Art & Design auction.

Pulham, who trained as an architect but became a photographer for Harper’s Bazaar, was initially better known for his photos of artists such as Pablo Picasso and Max Ernst but began to produce his own works in the late 1930s. He went on to exhibit at the Redfern Gallery, the Hanover Gallery and the London Gallery, and the critic and writer George Melly believed Pulham would have become an important name in 20th century art had he not died at a relatively young age. His pictures are relatively rare on the market, in part due to the fact that his studio in Chelsea was hit by a bomb in 1941.

This 2ft 5in x 3ft (73 x 92cm) signed oil on canvas has been consigned by collectors Willie and Anne Charlton who purchased it in Glasgow sometime in the early 1960s. The Charltons were both good amateur artists, keen collectors of LS Lowry and John Atkinson Grimshaw, and friends with artists Kenneth Rowntree and Andrew Festing.


Mid to late Victorian gold bangle by Carlo Giuliano, estimate £4800-6800 at Fellows. 

This mid to late Victorian gold, enamel, rose-cut diamond and gem-set hinged bangle is by Carlo Giuliano (1831-95). It has a guide of £4800-6800 at the Fine Jewellery sale at Fellows in Birmingham on May 23.


Suffragette items awarded to and owned by Dr Margaret Ida Balfour, estimate £300-500 at Charterhouse.

A group of Suffragette and other items awarded to and owned by Dr Margaret Ida Balfour is estimated at £300-500 in the Charterhouse auction on May 30-31.

Born in Edinburgh in 1866, she pursued a career in medicine at a time when few women studied medicine. Awarded the silver medallion for Practice of Medicine Session 1889-90, she qualified as a doctor in 1891.

Although women were not permitted to formally graduate from the University of Edinburgh, she went to France and Belgium to do so before working in India where she went on to have a long and distinguished career culminating with King George awarding her the Kaiser-i-Hind Gold Medal in 1920. Returning to England in 1924 she was made a CBE by King George V.

Items in the lots on offer in Sherborne, Dorset, being sold to benefit a charity, include the silver medallion awarded to Dr Balfour, a First World War Volunteer Worker badge, a National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies enamel pin badge, a matching enamel brooch and an oval locket.


French Napoleon I 40 francs from 1811 is estimated at £500-600 at Kinghams. 

This French Napoleon I 40 francs from 1811 is estimated at £500-600 as part of a single-owner collection in Oxfordshire including over a hundred gold coins, dating from the late 17th century to the 20th century, now up at auction.

Offered at Kinghams of Moreton-in- Marsh, Gloucestershire, on May 23, the group comprises gold Guineas, sovereigns, and other gold coinage from the US, Canada, Australia, France, Peru, Sweden, Norway, South Africa, and the Isle of Man.

It was accumulated by the vendor’s husband over many years. A small sample was brought into the regular valuation day at Wardington Antiques Centre.


Coin dating to and showing Emperor Titus from 79-81AD. Estimate £2000-2500 at Baldwins. 

The Roman Emperor Titus ruled for only two years, 79-81AD, but his reign featured two hugely significant events.

The first was the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD - an event seen as the worst possible omen - a terrible sign from the Gods. Sacrifices and atonements took place across the city of Rome the following years.

Fortunately for Titus, a great celebration was due the following year. After nearly a decade, the colossal Flavian Amphitheatre was nearing completion. The enormous construction, which we now know as the Colosseum, was funded from the spoils of Titus and his father Vespasian’s wars against the Jewish Revolt, which resulted in the sacking and destruction of Jerusalem.

The Colosseum opened to great fanfare in 80AD, with 100 days of gladiatorial games and celebrations. Included in these events were huge parades of exotic animals, including enormous elephants.

Coins were minted that year to commemorate the events, one such being a denarius (a silver coin worth around a day’s pay for a Roman soldier at the time), depicting an elephant. An example will be offered at Baldwin’s Ancient Coin Sale in London on May 29.

Baldwin’s says it is a “very rare variety, with the emperor’s head facing left rather than right. The condition is superb, the coin having seen little circulation and has developed an attractive, dark, cabinet tone.”

It is from a large collection of Roman coins which will also be going under the hammer that day.

Estimate £2000-2500.


Pair of 19th century Tunbridge ware bookends, guided at £150-250 at Stamford Auction Rooms. 

A collection of 19th century Tunbridge ware forms part of the sale at Stamford Auction Rooms in Lincolnshire on May 25. This pair of pictorial bookends is guided at £150- 250. One mosaic depicts a boy wearing a kilt, with a parrot and dog by his side, said to be the Prince of Wales, the other example depicting a view of Eridge Castle.


Marine deck chronometer by Omega, estimate £1500-2500 at Gardiner Houlgate.

The Clock Auction at Gardiner Houlgate in Corsham on May 23 includes this small marine deck chronometer by Omega. The case includes a plate engraved with serial numbers and the words Chronométre de Bord Omega and an ivorine plaque inscribed for the retailer Z. Barraclough & Sons Ltd, Silversmiths, Leeds.

Estimate £1500-2500.


Wedgwood creamware teapot and cover c.1770, estimate £1200-1500 at Hansons. 

Etwall, Derbyshire saleroom Hansons is selling the first tranche of the collection of Patrick Rylands on May 29. The renowned British toy designer’s collection of antiques, curios and collectables includes thousands of objects amassed over a lifetime of visits to London’s Portobello Road and Brick Lane markets.

Some good English pottery in this first sale includes this Wedgwood creamware teapot and cover c.1770 painted in bright enamels with a ‘chintz’ pattern, probably by the decorator David Rhodes.

Estimate £1200-1500.


Irish provincial mahogany bottle carrier on stand c.1780. Estimate €4000-6000 at Fonsie Mealy. 

This Irish provincial mahogany bottle carrier on stand was probably made in Limerick c.1780. It was produced for William Stacpoole, the High Sheriff of Co Clare, for his home Eden Vale, Killone, Ennis.

It comes for sale by direct family descent to Fonsie Mealy’s Chatsworth Summer Fine Art Sale on May 28-29 where it has expectations of €4000-6000.