These ornate 12in (31cm) high Wedgwood glazed parian classical urns and covers are among the highlights of Dreweatts’ Interiors sale in Newbury, Berkshire, on June 5.
The late 19th century vases are sprigged in low relief with a zodiac frieze above swags and classical medallions and are impressed Wedgwood.
This 6in (15cm) square William De Morgan (1839-1917) Galleon tile dates from the designer’s period at Sands End Pottery in Fulham, where he moved to in 1888.
With an impressed Sands End Pottery mark, it is estimated at £800-1200 in a 20th century decorative art and design sale on June 5 at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex.
Made by the leading card-case maker Nathaniel Mills, this early Victorian example depicts a relief of the Houses of Parliament to one side.
Stamped Birmingham 1844, it is estimated at £800-1200 in a sale of jewellery, watches and silver at Lyon & Turnbull on June 6 in Edinburgh.
A signed copy of Harry Houdini’s The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin, a study debunking his former idol, will go under the hammer at Cotswold Auction Company in Cheltenham on June 5.
Published in 1908, the book attacked the French magician Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin as a liar and fraud – allegations that were subsequently dismissed by other magicians and researchers. This copy, published by George Routledge & Sons in 1909, is signed and pompously inscribed To Delveen with best wishes from the author of this first authentic book ever published on magic and magicians, Harry Houdini January 16th 1920, Bradford, Yorkshire.
It is offered with a fourth edition copy of Tricks and Illusions written by Houdini’s lifelong friend Will Goldston. Estimate £1000-1200.