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It is believed only two known examples of this large Black Forest figure shown above exist.

The 19in (49cm) high tobacco jar and cover are modelled as a roaming hound, holding a pipe with a space in the head and back pouch for storing tobacco.

The piece is estimated at £2000-3000 in a sale at Hannam’s of Selborne, Hampshire, on April 11-13.



Pictures in a variety of media from the 18th century through to the present day will go under the hammer at Dreweatts in Donnington Priory on April 26.

In the centenary year of the Representation of the People Act, a topical inclusion is a portrait of the political activist and campaigner for women’s rights, Leonora Philipps (1862-1915).

The 3ft 7in x 2ft 7in (1.1m x 80cm) oil on canvas was painted in 1896 by Charles Edward Hallé (1846-1914) and features a seated Philipps in a white dress holding green and purple foliage – the three colours that symbolise the suffrage movement.

Estimate £3000-5000.



This large 1920s Continental advertising poster shown above was designed to promote the Belgium seaside resort of De Haan in west Flanders.

Known in French as Coq sur Mer, the town was built in the Belle Epoque style and boasted an 18-hole golf course, founded in 1903 by King Leopold II.

The 4ft 9in x 2ft 9in (1.45m x 85cm) poster depicts a group of golfers, their two young caddies behind, and the Grand Hotel du Coq in the distance. The hotel flourished during the first quarter of the 20th century as a result of its direct coach connection with the golf course.

Slightly faded, the poster is priced at £3800 from Manfred Schotten Antiques in Oxfordshire.



A life drawing which is an early work by the Belgian portrait painter Alfred Stevens (1823-1906) is priced at £2800 from London dealership Arthistorical.

The framed 23 x 14in (58 x 35cm) charcoal and white chalk on paper, dated 1844, shows a young male nude reclining on a sofa, deep in concentration.

Stevens began his formal artistic training in his native town at the Academie Royale des Beaux-Arts, under Francois-Joseph Navez (1787-1869). In 1844, the year this work was painted, he pursued his studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, drawing and painting under the guidance of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867), himself a pupil of the great neoclassical French painter, Jacques-Louis David (1788-1856).