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An unrecorded Willow coloured ‘mobile phone’ pattern glass vase by Whitefriars designer Geoffrey Baxter (1922-95) is thought to be an original trial piece.

A design drawing for it features in Baxter’s working notes but has been crossed through and bears no numeric reference.

The 10½in (27cm) piece, guided at £200-300, has been consigned as part of a private collection of mid-century glass for sale on October 3 at Special Auction Services in Newbury. 

Being caught taking fruit in the late summer of 1833 was enough to put Herbert Spencer, from Belper, Derbyshire, behind bars for three months.

Spencer’s scrumping of a few apples and pears is documented in this Derbyshire night watchman’s report book from 1833, which is being sold by Hansons in Etwall as part of a five-day sale on October 10-15.

Several gin-fuelled fights are also documented in the pages of the book, which was kept by W Bamford, who signed his reports after each shift. Estimate £200-300.

The Pre-Raphaelite painter William Holman Hunt (1827-1910) is thought to have produced just five etchings in his lifetime.

A scarce 7¼ x 9¾in (18 x 25cm) black and white proof impression etching, ‘The Father’s Leave-Taking’, is one of them and will be offered at Gardiner Houlgate of Corsham in Wiltshire on September 27.

An exhibition label to the verso says the etching dates to 1879 and was sold by art dealer Julian Hartnoll.

Estimate £200-300. or see this item on

Over 50 lots of Newlyn School art from a single-owner collection will go under the hammer at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood on October 9-10 in Exeter.

The group of drawings and paintings was assembled by Robin Hanbury Tennison, who had a particular fondness for the work of the Pre-Raphaelite Thomas Cooper Gotch (1854-1931).

Several oils and works on paper by the artist will feature, including a 6½ x 10in (16.5 x 25cm) charcoal drawing on paper, possibly dating from Gotch’s time as a student at the Slade c.1879-80.

Estimate £200-300. or see this item on