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An Art Nouveau Foley Intarsio pottery mantel clock was designed by the Arts & Crafts ceramacist Frederick Rhead (1880-1942).

Measuring 12in (30cm) high, it is decorated with a pair of maidens labelled Dies and Nox, a river landscape, rising sun and the inscription carpe diem (seize the day).

It is guided at £600-1000 in Paul Beighton’s March 18 sale in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.


A large private collection of Lowestoft porcelain will go under the hammer at Keys of Aylsham.

The collection, which will be sold across two sales, comprises several hundred pieces of blue and white and polychrome wares spanning the output of the factory across its 40-year existence.

The first tranche, featuring only blue and white pieces, will be sold in a three-day sale on March 21-23. A highlight is a Lowestoft spoon from c.1770, believed to be the first example of its type to come to auction. Estimate £1500-2000.


Royal memorabilia, silver, paintings and English pottery assembled by a Godalming businessman are to be offered in a single-owner sale at Ewbank’s on March 24 in Surrey.

Tony Cummings was an avid collector who filled his small Victorian cottage with items he bought from local and London auctions.

Pictured above is Queen Victoria’s memorial stick pin dedicated to her son Prince Alfred who died from throat cancer in 1900. Gold with a blue enamel anchor, the letter A and a crown set with old cut diamonds, it is engraved Dear Alfred July 30th Mama VRI, 1900.

Victoria died six months later.

Estimate £500-1000.


An example of the first commercially successful bicycle is up for auction at Thomson Roddick Scottish Auctions in Dumfries on March 18. The French bone shaker velocipede bicycle dates to c.1865 and is one of the earliest incarnations of the modern bicycle created by Pierre Michaux (1813-83). Though there are other possible claimants to the forerunner of the modern bicycle, the blacksmith was the first to think of fitting cranks and pedals to the front wheel of a hobby horse.

Estimate £1000-1500.