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A collection of portrait miniatures from the estate of Mary, Countess of Gainsborough, will be included with other art and antiques from her estate in the auction at Tennants on July 13.

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1. Winston Churchill and General Dwight Eisenhower D-Day chairs

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These chairs reputedly used by Winston Churchill and General Dwight Eisenhower during D-Day discussions in 1944 will be offered in a set of four at Special Auction Services on July 9, estimated at £500-1000.

These rather unremarkable-looking chairs were reputedly used by Winston Churchill and General Dwight Eisenhower during D-Day discussions in 1944. According to the auction house, the dining chairs came from Cholderton House, Wiltshire, where the pair would sit on Sundays finalising plans for D-Day. 

The chairs will be offered in a set of four at Special Auction Services of Newbury on July 9, estimated at £500-1000.

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2. Pair of Sèvres porcelain verrières

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This pair of Sèvres porcelain verrières is estimated at £800-1200 in the July 9-10 auction at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood.

The ceramics section in a two-day auction at Exeter saleroom Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood on July 9-10 will include a pair of 11½in (29cm) wide Sèvres porcelain verrières. Together they are estimated at £800-1200.

The pieces are decorated to the sides with floral bouquets and sprays, with the rim, foot and handles painted in blue and gilt lines. A date letter for 1769 and the numerals 119 are marked to the base of one verrière. 

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3. Atlas of England and Wales

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This first edition of Christopher Saxton’s maps of the counties of England and Wales, issued in 1579, will be offered for sale at Forum Auctions on July 10, estimated at £50,000-70,000.

From 1570-78 the Yorkshire surveyor and cartographer Christopher Saxton (c.1540- 1610) mapped the counties of England and Wales in previously unsurpassed detail.

Financed by one of Lord Burghley’s associates, Thomas Seckford, and with government support, Saxton did the mapping himself. He used information that was already available but improved its accuracy on the ground.

This first edition by Saxton was issued in 1579, making it the earliest atlas depicting the county maps of England and Wales. Its ownership dates back to 1589, just a few years after it was made, with the inscription for Geo Cotton, most likely that of George Cotton (1560-1646), grandson of Sir George Cotton (1505-45), Sheriff of Denbighshire and courtier to Henry VIII.

It will be offered for sale at Forum Auctions in central London on July 10, estimated at £50,000-70,000. 

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4. Tower Bridge designs

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Original architectural drawings featuring designs for Tower Bridge in London are up for sale at Stroud Auctions on July 10-11 in booklets estimated at £100-200 each.

Original architectural drawings featuring designs for Tower Bridge in London are up for sale at Stroud Auctions in Gloucestershire on July 10-11.

The drawings, contained in 2ft 2in x 3ft 3in (67cm x 1m) booklets titled Contract Drawings, cover details such as the chains, roadways and masonry. Each booklet relates to a specific stage of the project.

One is marked in pen Mr J.W.Barry’s copy for the engineer John Wolfe Barry (1836-1918) who designed the bridge with English architect Horace Jones (1819-87) in 1884. The booklets are estimated at £100-200 each.

The sale can be watched via thesaleroom.com.

5. Collection of portrait miniatures

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A collection of portrait miniatures from the estate of Mary, Countess of Gainsborough, will be included with other art and antiques from her estate in the auction at Tennants on July 13.

A collection of portrait miniatures from the estate of Mary, Countess of Gainsborough, will be included with other art and antiques from her estate in the auction at Tennants of Leyburn in North Yorkshire on July 13.

The miniatures date from the 16th to early 20th centuries with potential highlights including Portrait of a Bearded Man by a follower of François Clouet (1522-72), estimated at £3000-5000, Portrait of a Lady Wearing a Blue Dress by Peter Cross (c.1650-1724), at £2000-3000, and Portrait of Mr Lear by Christian Richter (1678-1732) at £3000-5000. 

The sale can be watched via thesaleroom.com.