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The middle features a Roc centre pattern enamelled in colours and highlighted in gilt, with white flowers on a grey background forming the border. Made c.1920, it has a Portland Vase back stamp to the reverse with the pattern number W559. It is estimated at £1700-2300.


In the limelight at Lawrences of Crewkerne’s February 3 auction in Somerset is a group of slides illustrating the 1922 British Everest Expedition.

Offered in a fitted wooden slide box with cloth strap, the 36 positive glass lantern slides feature a range of images from various stages of the expedition, including mountaineers Edward ‘Teddy’ Norton and George Mallory at 27,000 feet. George Ingle Finch, an Australian chemist, was the expedition’s official photographer for the ascent.

The expedition broke new ground, being the first with the express aim of conquering Mount Everest and was also the first to attempt the climb using bottled oxygen. However, after two unsuccessful summit attempts the expedition ended on the third when seven porters died as the result of a group-induced avalanche. Not only had the expedition failed to reach the summit but it also marked the first reported climbing deaths on Mount Everest.

Many of the slides are titled in white on the mounts and each measures 3in (8cm) square.

Estimate £2000-3000.


A marble statue made in the Parthian Empire somewhere between the 1st century BC and 2nd century AD is going under the hammer at TimeLine Auctions in Westminster, London, on February 21.

The 8in (21cm) high standing male, with almond-shaped eyes and shoulder-length hair, wears trousers and a knee-long tunic fastened with a belt and holds a jar with both hands.

From an ‘important’ London collection acquired between the 1960-‘80s, it is guided at £3000-4000.


More than 700 lots of antiques and collectables will go under the hammer at Swan & Turner’s final auction in Jedburgh on February 11. The picture section will include this 2ft x 3ft 1in (58 x 94cm) oil on canvas of Corn stooks near Loch Carron by Scottish artist Duncan Cameron (1837-1916), estimated at £2000-3000.

The artist is best known for his landscapes of the Scottish countryside and his fondness for scenes of cornfields. Cameron exhibited at the RA and the Society of British Artists, and in 1876 was awarded the gold medal at Crystal Palace for showing the best landscape. As reported in News Digest, ATG No 2276, Swan & Turner owner Harrison & Hetherington decided not to renew the lease on the Scottish borders premises.