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This English ledger contains within its 106 pages a series of hand-painted illustrations and text dating to 1837-38.

Originally owned by Kelsick Wood of KW and Sons, a shipbuilding firm in Maryport in Cumbria, the ledger features illustrations of ships, figureheads, portrait busts of indigenous and foreign people and handwritten accounts of imported timber, town rates and lost and taken ships.

The ledger is guided at £2000-3000 in the second day of Mitchells’ three-day Antiques & Fine Art sale on June 13-15 in Cockermouth, Cumbria.

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One of the hallmarks of Paris jeweller JAR, whose coveted jewels enjoy a cult following, is the use of many different metals, both precious and non-precious. This is evident in a pair of ear clips, designed as a blackened aluminium curve, coming up at auction.

This pair is estimated at £3000-5000 in an online jewellery sale at Sotheby’s ending on June 15.


Carrying a foundry mark and standing 2ft 3in (70cm) high, this hollow-cast lacquered bronze and polished brass Indian temple statue will go under the hammer at Warrington & Northwich Auctions on June 20 in Cheshire.

Estimate £2000-4000.


Sand painting as a craft in England was inspired by King George III, who took an interest in the skills demonstrated by royal functionaries, known as ‘table deckers’.

These deckers decorated the white table-cloths at royal banquets with both edible centre-pieces made from coloured sugars and bread crumbs and ornate designs using coloured sands, marble dust and powdered glass.

Benjamin Zobel (1762- 1830), who began his career as a confectioner and became a table decker for the Prince Regent at Windsor Castle, found a way to make sand painting permanent by sticking it to a base board.

This 23in x 2ft 4in (58 x 71cm) sand picture of a tiger, c.1820, is attributed to Zobel and priced at £3200 from Wick Antiques in Lymington, Hampshire.