A dozen glazed cases of taxidermy dating from the 19th and 20th centuries feature in Lyon & Turnbull’s Fine Furniture and Works of Art auction in Edinburgh on January 31.
Among the lots is a gannet chick (guga), stuffed in the late 19th century by Edinburgh taxidermy firm Small & Son. It is mounted inside a 14½in (37cm) high glass dome and stands on an ebonised base.
A wooden money box made for the son of Arts & Crafts collector and philanthropist Laurence Hodson (1864-1933) will go under the hammer at Forum Auctions on January 25 in London.
The c.1890 box was made by Arthur Gaskin (1862-1928) and painted by his wife, Georgie. Both were members of the Birmingham Arts & Crafts group led by William Morris (1834-96) and his circle, and were close friends with Hodson.
Possibly made as a christening present, the 3 x 4in (8.5 x 11cm) piece is painted with a procession of children carrying slates beneath a banner. It reads: This Is The Way We Go To School / We Go To School / This Is The Way We Come From School / Come From School. The lid is inscribed with William Edward Laurence Hodson Born Feb 24 MDCCCXC His Money Box.
This 1in (2.5cm) long abstract design citrine clip brooch by Marina B is estimated at £300-400 in Chiswick Auctions’ jewellery sale on February 6 in London.
Made from gold and accented with a baguette-cut citrine, it is signed Marina B with French assay and UK import marks.
Known for its colourful designs, Marina B jewellery was founded by Marina Bulgari, the granddaughter of Sottiro Bulgari, the founder of Bulgari, and flourished from the late 1970s to the early ‘90s
After it was sold in 1999, the brand was re-launched under the leadership of Paul Lubetsky, founder of Windsor Jewelers in New York, and recreated designs based on Marina B’s original drawings and jewellery moulds.
A 6 x 8½in (16 x 22cm) watercolour of the famous Rialto Bridge in Venice bears the signature of Hercules Brabazon Brabazon (1821-1906) is estimated at £200-300 in David Lay’s sale in Penzance on January 25 in Cornwall.
The work also has an ink sketch of a boat to the verso.
Brabazon is known today for his accomplished Turner-esque watercolours, but during his lifetime, the English artist viewed himself as a gentleman amateur.
He travelled widely, including trips to India, Africa and Europe, but did not show or try to sell his work until in his mid-70s.