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Here is a snapshot of sales for the week July 21-27 – and it's back to business next week with our weekly Bid Barometer in ATG issue No 2253.

Most registered online bidders

Hansons’ July Antique & Collectors 2016 four-day auction, July 21-25, 868 bidders

Selection of top selling lots

Boningtons, Epping, July 27

Republic period Chinese famille rose and grisaille vase, Qianlong mark to the base, 16in (40cm).

The vase came to the present owner by descent from Edward Selby Little (1864-1939), a graduate of Cambridge who travelled to China as a missionary in 1886. He established the first European Hill Station (Lushan, a World Heritage mountain resort) in 1895, and negotiated the 1912 Treaty of China. He was also the Director of International Famine Relief 1906-07 and became the First Australian Trade Commissioner in 1923. 

Estimate £4000-6000 Hammer £8500

Bleasdales, Warwick, July 27

This Victorian sewing machine features a lion mask and scroll top mount, is stamped Newton, Wilson and Co, Patent, 144, High Holborn, London, Lic and Pat I 1971/1857, 12746, with Prince of Wales feathers cast to base, 13½in (34.5cm).

William Newton Wilson founded the company in the 1850s, producing the first chain stitch domestic sewing machines in 1866.

Estimate £50-100 Hammer £2000

Mitchells, Cockermouth, Cumbria, July 23

At Mitchell's first ever toy sale the boxed Palitoy Action Man outfits and accessories came from a single owner collection that also included Barbie outfits, dolls and accessories. Dating predominantly from the 1970s, they were all still sealed in their original packaging, selling eventually to an online bidder in the UK.

Estimate £40-60 Hammer £800

Tennants, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, July 23

Samuel John Lamorna Birch ARA, RWS, RWA (1869-1955) River landscape, signed, oil on canvas, 23½ x 19½in (60 x 49cm). Purchased by the vendor’s grandfather from Agnews, London c.1928.

Estimate £800-1200 Hammer £6500

Tunbridge Wells and Hastings, July 26

This Australian oil on canvas, thought to be a Donald Friend, features a woman holding a riffle outside a rural country hotel. Contested online by two bidders, it sold to a buyer based in Australia.

Estimate £30-50 Hammer £4750

Tennants, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, July 23

Walter Hunt (1861-1941) Calves feeding at a trough in a stable yard, signed, dated 1918, oil on canvas, 19 x 2ft 4in (48.5 x 72cm).

Estimate £7000-10,000 Hammer £12,000

Information taken from thesaleroom.com