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Dawson’s Auctioneers’ August 26 sale in Maidenhead, Berkshire, will feature a late 16th or early 17th century Indo- Portuguese Gurjurat mother of pearl and silver-mounted bowl and brass-mounted dish.

Constructed from layers of cut, polished and arranged pinned panels, the pair is estimated at £2000-3000.

The 4in (10.5cm) wide bowl is inscribed with ecclesiastical Latin script, which loosely translates as In Christian memory of Elizabeth Kighley wife of William Wheller. Unworthy witness has consecrated [the marriage] at Ditton in the county of Surrey September 1625.

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Rountree Tryon Galleries is offering a coloured chalk en plein air drawing of the Somme by Paul Lucien Maze (1887-1979).

Sketched at the village of Thiepval, the 11¾ x 18in (30 x 46cm) work depicts a lone soldier positioned among the ruins and barbed wire, surveying the frozen landscape.

Maze, who worked with the British Army as an interpreter and military draughtsman, probably sketched this in the winter of early 1917.

Thiepval had been completely destroyed the previous year, during the Somme offensive. Today, the Thiepval Memorial remembers the 72,246 missing British and South African servicemen who died in the battles of the Somme, with no known grave.

It is priced at £4500.


A large William IV mahogany serving table will be included in the furniture section of Lindsay Burns’ September 5-6 sale in Perthshire.

Measuring 10ft (3.05m) wide, it incorporates two blind frieze drawers and four acanthus carved scroll supports with hairy paw feet.

Estimate £3000-5000.

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Hickmet Fine Arts, specialist in Art Deco and Art Nouveau sculpture and glass in London, is selling a cold-painted silver and enamel Art Deco bronze figure of a young dancer holding cymbals.

Raised on a Brazilian green onyx plinth, the 8¾in (22cm) high work was made by the Austrian maker Josef Lorenzl (1892-1950) in c.1925.

It was acquired earlier this year from Bonhams’ sale of the estate of the late author Jackie Collins, where it had been since the 1970s.

It is priced at £2650.