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Trevanion & Dean will offer an Art Deco clip in the March 17 auction in Whitchurch, Shropshire.

Made by Paris jeweller Chaumet, the pin has a blue zircon and yellow sapphire surrounded by diamonds. It is estimated at £2000-3000.


Leighton Fine Art in Buckinghamshire is selling a wintry view of the Seine in Paris by Stanislas Lépine (1835-92). The 10 x 8in (25 x 20cm) oil on canvas dates to c.1870 and is priced at £4300.

Lépine spent his life painting the Seine, from Paris to its estuary, and specialised in the reproduction of river banks. He made his debut at the Salon de Paris in 1859, before being invited to take part in the Impressionists exhibition of 1874.

Although a minor master of 19th century French landscape painting, Lépine is considered a forerunner of Impressionism.


More than 170 lots of art and antiques from the estate of the late actor, Robert Hardy (1925-2017), will be offered at the Dominic Winter auction in Cirencester on March 8.

Hardy began his career as a classical actor and later earned recognition for roles such as Siegfried Farnon in the BBC television series All Creatures Great and Small, Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter film series and Winston Churchill in several productions, beginning with the 1981 drama series Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years.

A stetson hat formerly owned by Churchill is among the highlights of the collection, estimated at £3000-5000.

According to Churchill’s granddaughter Celia Sandys, the cream tan felt hat with grosgrain ribbon was given to Hardy by a close family member of Churchill. The famous wartime prime minister wore a number of styles of hat, from top hats to bowler hats, but he is probably most famous for his stetson homburg.

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The Monkey Orchestra, one of the zaniest creations of Meissen Baroque, consists of 21 figurines and was designed in 1753 by Johann Joachim Kaendler (1706-75).

This set of 15 Meissen monkey band figures above, including a conductor and stand, was made later in the 19th century and is estimated at £3000-5000 in a sale on March 31 at Stamford Auction Rooms in Little Bytham.

Measuring between 4in (10cm) and 5in (12cm) high, the group comes from a local private collection near Bourne, in Lincolnshire, together with more pieces of Meissen, Sèvres and other porcelain.