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George Kidner’s September 7 sale in Lymington features this green and yellow cat by Louis Wain (1860-1939). The 5in (13cm) high piece is impressed with the number RD NO 607134 and is estimated at £500-700.

The English writer HG Wells once said of Wain: “He has made the cat his own. He invented a cat style, a cat society, a whole cat world. English cats that do not look and live like Louis Wain cats are ashamed of themselves.”


Interior design and furnishing firm Sheridan-Oliver Interiors is selling this pair of 19th century candlesticks from its Godalming showroom. Measuring 2ft 7in (78cm) high, they are priced at £1200.


More cutlery from the vast collection of Bill Brown will go under the hammer at Sworders on September 12.

After more than 60 years collecting, Brown decided to consign the remainder of his collection to the Stansted Mountfitchet saleroom last year. More than 1000 pieces had already been acquired by Museums Sheffield in 2003.

Among the highlights are these eight carved ivory figural cutlery handles from the early 17th century with five two-pronged forms and one knife, the longest measuring 8½in (22cm) in length. Estimate £600-800.

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Items owned by the actor Sir Donald Sinden (1923-2014) are among the lots to feature in Cheffins’ sale in Cambridge on September 13-14.

Sir Donald, who was best known for his roles in Never the Twain and Judge John Deed, was also a trained carpenter and had a keen interest in furniture and antiques.

Among the nine lots is this set of 12 mahogany chairs which Sir Donald was known to have had in the family home in Hampstead Garden Suburb in London and Tenterden in Kent.

Estimate £1500-2000.

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