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Decorated by Charles Ferdinand Hurten (1822- 1901), this Copeland tea cup and saucer features in Keys Fine Auctioneers’ July 17-18 sale in Aylsham, Norwich.

The porcelain pair, painted with spring flowers and signed by Hurten, won the Grand Prize at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1889. Copeland commissioned a number of exhibition pieces from the German artist. The cup and saucer, which has an inventory number to the base, is estimated at £300-500.


More than 1000 pieces of Chinese export porcelain recovered from the Ca Mau shipwreck are for sale at Hannam’s in Selborne, Hampshire, on July 12-14.

The vessel was a Chinese ocean-going junk which sank off the Ca Mau peninsula in southern Vietnam after a fire broke out. It was so severe that porcelain was fused together. The ship was almost certainly sailing from Canton (now Kuangzhou) to the Dutch trading port of Batavia in modern-day Jakarta.

Consigned from a single owner in Surrey, the collection was acquired in 2007 from Sotheby’s Amsterdam where around 76,000 Ca Mau pieces were offered. Some 250 cosmetic boxes (a portion pictured here) and 600 tea bowls and saucers will feature, and all are offered without reserve.

Estimates range from £30-300.


Believed to depict Lord Byron, this late Victorian gold shell cameo brooch is included in Fellows’ July 13 sale in Birmingham. The 2in (5cm) long piece has a ropetwist surround with some minor dents and a fine crack to one side. Estimate £200-300.

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An exhibition by Chelsea School of Botanical Art celebrating the 200-year anniversary of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911) has opened at the Halesworth Gallery in Suffolk.

Hooker, who was appointed director of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, was Charles Darwin’s greatest friend and travelled widely recording and bringing back plants, as well as documenting landscapes and buildings in India, Africa, Antarctica and elsewhere.

This 13 x 9½in (33 x 24cm) watercolour of a Chilean lantern tree (Crinodendron hookerianum) by Fiona Kane is priced at £395.

The exhibition runs until July 19.