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A bust by Edward Hodges Baily (1788-1867), the sculptor behind Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, is among a number of historical objects going under the hammer in Gloucestershire at Chorley’s on November 20-21.

It depicts Lady Mary de Vere, formerly Mary Spring Rice, one of the many women to have acted independently to help those suffering during the Great Famine in Ireland. She is known to have revived the art of making ‘Limerick Lace’ as a relief measure in 1847. Estimate £3500-4000.

A shipwright builder’s scale model of the SS Vendee, a cargo ship that sunk during the First World War, will be offered for sale at Brightwells of Leominster on November 15.

The 6ft 7in x 21in (2m x 54cm) model dates to the 1880s and was built for The Moss Steamship Co Ltd by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co in Middlesbrough.

The Vendee was sailing from Marseille to Liverpool when she was sunk by a German U-Boat in the Bay of Biscay in 1917.

Estimate £3000-5000. or see this item on

A 1920s ceramic creation by British potter Bernard Leach (1887-1979) will feature in a sale of antiques and art at Dawson’s Auctions in Maidenhead, Berkshire, on November 24.

Partially glazed with decorative brushwork on a speckled grey ground, the 14in (35cm) high piece dates c.1921-30 and is impressed with BL and St Ives Pottery.

Estimate £2000-3000.

Late 18th century Dutch floor standing corner cupboards are among the larger entries to Charterhouse’s two-day auction in Sherborne on November 15-16.

Measuring 8½ft (2.6m) high, they come from a deceased estate in Dorset where they spent the past few years in a 1970s terraced property.

Constructed in two parts, the four pieces were housed in three rooms as they were too tall to fit together.

Estimate £2000-3000. or see this item on