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These Celtic-style terracotta jardinieres on stands, above, were designed by Mary Seton Watts (1849-1938) for the Surrey-based Compton Potters Art Guild, which she co-founded in 1899.

The pottery went on to produce an extensive array of items, from large terracotta garden pottery to smaller household figures, jugs, plaques and pendants, until its closure in 1954.

The pair, measuring 23in (58cm) wide, are cast in low relief with scroll motifs and are impressed with a circular wheel stamp mark and the registration number 409999.

They are guided at £1200-1500 in Decorative Arts sale at Ewbank’s in Surrey on July 26.

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Pictures, bronzes and furniture from the estate of Martin Miller (1946-2013) of the eponymous bestselling antiques price guide will be offered in Dorset at Charterhouse of Sherborne on July 27.

The charismatic entrepreneur – once described as ‘the Richard Branson of the antiques world’ – co-founded Millers Antiques Price Guide in 1979 with his wife Judith Cairns. After his success in publishing he began investing in property, and in 1985 opened the first of a string of hotels.

The diverse array of residual items, mainly dating from the 19th century through to the late 20th century, includes a 6ft (1.82m) high Victorian carved wood and gesso overmantel mirror, guided at £800-1200.

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A sale of Oceanic and Australasian art at Burstow & Hewett on July 28 in Battle, East Sussex, will feature a small 2 x 3½in (6 x 9cm) woodblock print of a pukeko bird by E Mervyn Taylor (1906-64).

Taylor worked mainly in woodblock and was reputedly the first artist from New Zealand to ever hold a solo exhibition in New York where his prints were exhibited at the American Museum of Natural History in 1954.

Estimate £500-700.

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This gold signet ring etched with the words Vi Et Virtute – through strength and valour – was made more than 150 years ago in 1862 for Field Marshal Sir George Stuart White (1835-1912).

Born in County Londonderry, now part of Northern Ireland, White was awarded the Victoria Cross at the age of 44 for ‘conspicuous bravery’ during an engagement at Charasiah, Afghanistan, in 1879.

He rose to become governor-general of India and was awarded numerous other honours including The Most Honourable Order of Bath, Order of Merit, Most Exalted Order of the Star of India, Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire and The Royal Victorian Order.

White finished his career as governor of the Royal Hospital Chelsea where he died in 1912. A statue of White stands at Portland Place in London.

The ring will be offered at Derbyshire saleroom Hansons on July 26 with an estimate of £600-1000.

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