Dolls house
This late 19th or early 20th century dolls house is guided at £2000-3000.

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1. Emile Gallé vase


An Emile Gallé enamelled glass vase estimated at £800-1200.

The Paris Exposition Universelle in 1867 was the first exposure Emile Gallé (1846-1904) had to the influences of Islamic, Chinese, Japanese and other foreign works of art.

Signed E. GALLÉ À NANCY, this later squat 7½in (19cm) wide enamelled glass vase depicts Persian-styled horse riders within foliage and strapwork, decorated in red, blue and green enamels with gilt work. It is estimated at £800-1200 in The Belle Époque, a 334-lot auction of 19th century continental decorative arts at Edinburgh saleroom Lyon & Turnbull on March 20. To view the lot online visit

2. An Orientalist painting


Thomas Hickey (1741-1824) 4ft 5in x 5ft 6in (1.36 x 1.67m) oil on canvas depicting a young boy with his ayah (nursemaid) estimated at £6000-8000.

During the late 18th and early 19th century an influx of British painters embarked on the long journey to India to seek patronage from the emerging British settlements.

Around 30 painters and over 20 miniaturists joined the pilgrimage, some, such as Johan Zoffany staying for less than a decade, and others, like Thomas Hickey (1741-1824), staying for a lifetime.

This 4ft 5in x 5ft 6in (1.36 x 1.67m) oil on canvas by Hickey depicts a young boy with his ayah (nursemaid). The work fits into the series of lengthways portraits of the people of India that Hickey produced from the outset of his arrival in the country in 1780, perhaps the best known being his Portrait of an Indian Lady, now hanging in the National Gallery of Ireland. This painting is estimated at £6000-8000 in a sale of pictures, jewellery and silver at Halls in Shrewsbury on March 20. To view the lot online visit

3. A collection of halfcrowns

A single-owner collection of more than 200 halfcrowns, spanning the reigns of Edward VI to Elizabeth II, will be included in a sale of British coins at Dix Noonan Webb on March 21 in central London.

It was assembled by coin dealer Brian Dawson, who bought his first halfcrown – a scarce example from the Tower mint, dated 1625 – from a fellow dealer in Bolton in 1967. The coin, pictured , is estimated at £400-500. To view the lot online visit

4. A late 19th century dolls house

Dolls house

This late 19th or early 20th century dolls house is guided at £2000-3000.

This late 19th or early 20th century dolls house was purchased from Christie’s South Kensington’s sale of the property of the Duke of Bedford in 1976.

It is guided at £2000-3000 in Roseberys London’s Fine & Decorative sale on March 21 in West Norwood, London.

The six-room dolls house includes documentation and letters between a previous owner and the duke, who explains that he built a collection of dolls houses and games in order to amuse the younger visitors to the family seat at Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire.

With the rise in value of his collection of Japanese porcelain, however, he used the cases reserved for the toys to house his porcelain instead. With the lack of space, the duke consigned the dolls houses to auction. To view the lot online visit

5. An 18th century diamond and shagreen etui 


An 18th century diamond and shagreen etui estimated at £5000-7000.

The Countess of Portland was the original owner of this 18th century diamond and shagreen etui. Once part of a larger chatelaine, the etui opens to reveal a pistol-grip folding knife, an ivory aide memoire, scissors, a pencil, and two personal grooming products.

It was passed down from Jane Bentinck (1672-1751), Countess of Portland, and given to her husband’s great-grand-daughter, Elizabeth Monck. The item was on Monck’s wedding inventory in 1769. Its most recent owner was the late London dealer David Lavender, who acquired it in 2006.

The piece was also exhibited in 1953 at the Belfast Museum and Art Gallery as part of the Bentinck Beresford Collection to assist with its coronation celebrations that year. It is estimated at £5000-7000 in Fellows’ inaugural Fine Jewellery auction, a newly branded sale category focused on higher-quality lots, taking place in Birmingham on March 21. To view the lot online visit

6. A Mod Brit painting


Oxen, by Julian Trevelyan, is inscribed Trevelyan 54 is estimated at £3000-5000.

An 19 x 23in (49 x 59cm) oil on canvas of oxen by Julian Trevelyan (1910-88) forms part of a collection of 20th century pictures from Hertfordshire County Council which will be sold at Cambridge saleroom Cheffins on March 21.

Oxen, which is inscribed Trevelyan 54 and is similar to another picture of the same title in the Tate in London, is estimated at £3000-5000.

The 428 pictures, from the council’s 1828-strong art collection, has been acquired over a number of years. The council began collecting in 1949 as part of what was called the School Loan Collection, a post-war initiative founded by Sir John Newsom, Hertfordshire’s chief education officer, to teach pupils across the county about art. To view the lot online visit