Wedgwood vase
The Wedgwood snake handled vase at Potteries Auctions.

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1. 19th century charges


19th century pottery chargers marked for Theodore Deck (1823-91) and with the signature of Ernest Carrière, estimated at £2000-3000 at Special Auction Services.

This pair of late 19th century pottery chargers offered by Special Auction Services in Newbury on July 6 carry the mark for the French ‘father of art pottery’ Theodore Deck (1823-91) and the signature of Ernest Carrière (1858-1908). They measure 15in (37cm) including the frames.

Carrière was part of Deck’s studio and a celebrated painter of the day. A similar pheasant dish designed by Deck and executed by Carrière is part of the collection at the V&A. Estimate £2000-3000.

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2. Wassail bowl


An early wassail bowl and cover, estimated at £6000-8000 at Woolley & Wallis.

An early wassail bowl and cover comes for sale at Woolley & Wallis as part of the Furniture and Works of Art sale on July 6-7.

This textbook Charles II example made in lignum vitae, c.1660-70, comes for sale from the estate of Peter Mactaggart (1931-2020) whose family ran an antiques shop in Welwyn, Hertfordshire, from the late 1940s to the early 1970s.

Remarkably the lid retains, to the underside, its brass and Surrey enamel type roundel or ‘print’ depicting the Royal Coat of Arms of Charles II. When the piece was featured in Apollo magazine in December 1936 as part of an article titled The Wassail Bowl and the Custom of Wassailing at Christmas Time the author Owen Evan-Thomas wrote: “This is the only wassail bowl I have ever seen containing under the lid its original ‘print’.”

Estimate £6000-8000.

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3. 17th century tankard


17th century straight-tapered tankard by Anthony Ficketts, estimated at £5000-7000 at Dreweatts.

The silver and jewellery sale at Dreweatts in Newbury on July 7 includes this 6¼in (16cm) high 17th century straight-tapered tankard by Anthony Ficketts.

It carries the date letter that corresponds to the period July 13, 1659, to July 12 1660, raising the possibility that it was made during the final days of the de facto republic led by Richard Cromwell or during the very early days of the restoration of Charles II. The armorial shield for Stafferton is later.

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4. Matisse etching 


Henri Matisse etching titled ‘Martiniquaise, 1946’, estimated at £8000-12,000 at Roseberys.

This framed etching on Annam appliqué to wove by Henri Matisse (French 1869- 1954) titled Martiniquaise, 1946, has an estimate of £8000-12,000 at Roseberys London on July 7.

Martiniquaise means ‘woman from Martinique’. This work comes with a provenance from Jane Kahan Gallery, New York, according to label verso.

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5. Wedgwood vase


Wedgwood snake handled vase and stand, estimated at £800-1600 at Potteries Auctions.

Three catalogues have been published for the July Fine Art Sale at Potteries Auctions – one for each day of the sale comprising more than 2000 lots in total.

Among the Wedgwood on offer from July 8-10 is this (71cm) high white on pale blue limited-edition snake handled vase and stand, estimated at £800-1600.

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