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1) Mystery object: Spout and single support – for what?

Found in France, this oak object drew questions about what its spout and support were used for.


The mystery object thought to be a ‘pétrin’ or kneading trough for making bread.

2) ‘Canaletto’ Venetian scene surfaces in Lewes

A painting of Venice’s Dogana da Mar painted from the Bacino di San Marco which has been attributed to Canaletto (1697-1768) will be offered at Gorringe’s of Lewes in the autumn.


Venetian painting attributed to Canaletto – estimate £100,000- 150,000 at Gorringe’s.

3) A set of Ercol tables and a Tudor watch are among five lots to watch

With estimates from £300-£5000, here are five previews of upcoming items including a set of 1960s Ercol occasional tables in elm and beech.


Set of 1960s Ercol supper occasional tables in elm and beech – estimate £500-800 at W&H Peacock on August 20.

4) Bids tabled for £60,000 Prague pietra dura casket

Eight phone bidders competed for this splendid ebony and pietra dura table casket offered at a recent auction at Claydon Auctioneers in Middle Claydon, Buckinghamshire.


A 17th century ebony and pietra dura table casket – £60,000 at Claydon Auctioneers.

5) Maiolica dish stars in our latest pick of four auction highlights

Our pick of four items that sold many times above estimate includes a Maiolica dish deemed three centuries older than catalogued.

Maiolica dish

A 16th century istoriato crespina – £4400 at Amersham Auction Rooms.

This list is based on unique users for individual news stories over the period August 12-18, 2021.