John Nicholson’s sale on September 7 in Haslemere, Surrey, will feature this 17in (43cm) high Royal Doulton figure of a double jester. Designed by CJ Noke, it is entitled on the base Two Heads Are Better Than One, and was part of a series painted by Doulton in 1920-38.
The piece has two sardonyx panels with gold back and glazed compartments united by a seed pearl u-shaped stretcher and supporting a tassel drop. It is estimated at £2800-3200.
This early Arts & Crafts silver tea caddy is included in Toovey’s sale in Washington, West Sussex, on September 8.
It has a dome-top hinged lid embossed with a vacant cartouche within a surround of flowers and scrolling foliage. The rectangular body is decorated with birds, scrolling foliage, flowers, urns and masks, all against a textured ground.
The 4½ x 5in (11.5 x 12.5cm) box is stamped with the initials JB to the base and scratched inscription to the lid interior with Worked by JF Banks 1889. It is possible the piece was designed by Edith Rawnsley, the wife of Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley, founder of Keswick School of Industrial Art.
A cache of letters, photographs and ephemera relating to the Pre-Raphaelites has been consigned to Albion Auctions on September 7 in Clowne, Derbyshire.
Assembled from recent auctions – some retaining the original invoices dating to the 1960s – they involve artists such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Ford Maddox Brown, William Holman Hunt, William Morris and John Ruskin, and include over 15 original photographs and signed letters.