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This portrait of King Charles II above, signed with the initials RP and dated 166[…] is believed to be the only extant work by the artist, print-seller and royalist soldier Sir Robert Peake (c.1605-67).

The watercolour on vellum portrait of a young Charles II in gilt-studded armour and a white lace jabot is believed to date from around the restoration of the monarchy in 1660.

It is priced at £6500 from dealer Philip Mould in St James’s, London.


London gallery Fairhead Fine Art in Golders Green is selling a large-scale signed version of Robert Doisneau’s (1912-94) print of Pablo Picasso with bread for fingers.

Pablo Picasso et les petit pains (a play on French words ‘mains’ meaning hands and ‘pains’ meaning bread) was taken in 1953 and is among Doisneau’s most memorable depictions of the artist.

This 16 x 12in (40 x 30cm) silver gelatin print from c.1980 is signed in ink and bears the stamps for Picasso and Photography Original Robert Doisneau Paris.

It is priced at £5750.


It is believed that only four Scottish 19th century gold boxes are recorded.

Going under the hammer at Lyon & Turnbull’s Scottish Silver & Applied Art sale on August 15 in Edinburgh is one of them, made by James McKay, Edinburgh, 1825. It is estimated at £8000-12,000.

The 3in (8.5cm) wide box, which has been in a private family collection since it was acquired from Sotheby’s in 1965, is made from 18ct gold and decorated with classical buildings and chased rococo scroll borders.

The interior of the cover is engraved: Presented to Robert Steuart Esq of Palmerston by The Members of the East Lothian Club as a mark Gratitude & respect for his service as their secretary 1826.

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