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This head of a girl was probably intended for a painted ceramic platter, possibly for Minton, and would have been one from a set of the four seasons.

Depicting spring, the 16½in (42cm) wide chalk is by Herbert Wilson Foster (1846-1929), the artist and porcelain painter who worked at one point on the tile panels in the Victoria and Albert Museum. The piece is priced at £1750 from London dealership Sarah Colegrave.


This Art Deco-style pewter, gold and diamond lapel brooch with Arts & Crafts poppy-head motifs set throughout is going under the hammer at Bristol Auction Rooms’ first sale at its new site in Brislington on September 13.

Estimate £400-600.


Each book in this set of nine works by HG Wells (1866-1946) is signed by the author and inscribed to members of the Davies family with whom the Wellses were close friends.

Muriel Davies used to fly from Croydon Airport to go shopping in Paris with Mrs Wells in the 1920s. One inscription affectionately reads For Muriel Davies to cheer her up on a wet day, H. G. W, Nov.

The set is guided at £1000-1500 at Essex saleroom Sworders on September 11 in Stansted Mountfitchet.


Regional auction house Mallams has chosen its Cheltenham saleroom to hold its first dedicated Indian and Islamic auction – a place where many wealthy families settled during the 19th century after serving in the colonies.

The sale will take place on September 12 and includes this 16th century Safavid tinned copper basin engraved with inscriptions. From a private collection in Gloucestershire, the 14in (36cm) wide piece is estimated at £600-800.