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This ceramic bull group by Carter Stabler Adams (the early name given to Poole Pottery) is included in Cottees’ sale in Poole on June 24.

The Bull, modelled as two children in coloured floral garlands and sitting on the back of a bull, was designed by Harold and Phoebe Stabler in the c.1920s.

This 13in (33cm) high example was included in Christie’s South Kensington auction of The Poole Pottery Museum and archive in 2004 and is now being offered as part of the Harvey collection. Estimate £1800-2200.

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On June 15 in Cirencester, Dominic Winter Auctioneers will offer this early painting of Wellington in New Zealand.

The 2ft x 2ft 5in (62 x 74cm) oil on canvas is thought to date to c.1840s and depicts Wellington harbour and a nearby settlement. Given its similarities to an 1841 watercolour and print by the English-born New Zealand explorer and artist Charles Heaphy (1820-81), it has been suggested that it may be a copy.

The unsigned work also features five Maori and European figures (including perhaps the artist in a straw hat facing the viewer) beneath a furled flag of the New Zealand Company. In an exotic contemporary burr amboyna frame (suggesting it was painted in New Zealand rather than Britain), it was acquired from the estate of English collector Dr Charles Arundel Overbury Fox (1886-1971) in 1971.

Estimate £3000-5000.

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On offer in the Woolley & Wallis Arts & Crafts sale on June 21 in Salisbury is this large Pilkington’s Lancastrian vase by Gordon Forsyth (1879-1952).

The 19in (48cm) high piece dates from 1913 and is painted with colourful panels of figures walking in a woodland landscape on an orange lustre ground.

Possibly an exhibition piece, it is thought to have been commissioned by Charles Pilkington, founder of the Pilkington company, and given to his son Edward Fielden Pilkington.

It has passed by descent from Edward and is offered in Salisbury with a £3000-5000 estimate.

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A series of 25 hand-coloured lithographed plates from Dr James Atkinson’s (1780-1852) Sketches of Afghanistan will go under the hammer at Ewbank’s near Guildford on June 22.

A surgeon and Persian scholar as well as an artist, Dr Atkinson created this body of work while employed as the superintending surgeon of the army of the Indus in the Bengal Division. He was sent with the army into Afghanistan on its ill-fated mission of regime change, and was present at the battle of Ghazni and the capture of Kabul. He was recalled to India before the British army was destroyed on the retreat from Kabul in 1842.

The plates, which show the topography and landscapes of Afghanistan and the Punjab, were engraved by Louis and Charles Haghe and published in 1842 by Henry Graves & Co. The Durbar in Caubul is pictured here. Estimate £2000-3000.

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