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Philip Carrol Antiques of Gargrave in North Yorkshire is selling this c.1795 Flight & Barr Worcester porcelain mug, priced at £2850.

The 5in (13.5cm) high piece features a sepia monochrome painting of a young girl holding a basket containing two doves by John Pennington (1773-1842), Worcester’s finest painter during the late 1700s.


This 18th century oil was painted by one of the first English-trained marine painters, Peter Monamy (1681-1749).

It last appeared at auction at the Hotel Drouot in Paris in 1978, attributed to the Germany-born Dutch painter Ludolf Bakhuizen (1630-1708).

The 2ft 4in x 3ft 8in (71cm x 1.12m) canvas depicts a sailing trial between two admiralty yachts off Harwich in Essex. The large yacht to the left is thought to be Charles II’s royal yacht Isabella Bezan, built in 1680. The composition is based on a lost work by the Dutch marine painter Willem van de Velde II (1633-1707), who greatly influenced Monamy.

It is being offered in Chiswick Auctions’ inaugural Old Master sale on January 31 in London, headed by former Christie’s South Kensington picture specialist Melissa van Vliet.

Estimate £3000-5000.

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Fellows has its first sale of antique and modern jewellery this year in Birmingham on January 18.

A highlight shown above is this 1960s 18ct gold, diamond and gem-set bracelet by Kutchinsky – the London jewellery firm founded in 1893 by Poland-born Hirsch Kutchinsky and his son.

The piece, which has a circular turquoise cabochon flexible band, inset with brilliant-cut diamond and circular sapphire kite-shaped spacer beads, is estimated at £3000-4000.

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A large oil by the American artist Frank C Penfold (1849-1921) has been consigned to David Lay’s sale in Penzance on January 25.

Five O’Clock Tea in the Studio, a 2ft 8in x 3ft 4in (81cm x 1.02m) work, was painted in Buffalo, New York State, and was first exhibited in 1902 at the Buffalo Society of Artists.

It came to Cornwall through the Colthurst family of Blarney Castle in Ireland. Major Charles St John Colthurst, who died in Cornwall in 1985, had an American mother, Emma Susan Uebelhoer, who came from Buffalo.

The artist’s bold use of colour may reflect the influence of the artists’ colony of Pont-Aven in north-west France, where Penfold spent many years and where Paul Gauguin pioneered his Post-Impressionist style.

The auction house has been able to identify the sitters in the picture, including the artist’s wife and several ‘notable members’ of Buffalo society.

Estimate £3000-5000.