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Various items from the deceased estate of Peter Boizot – the founder of Pizza Express and a well-known lover of jazz – will feature in The Fine Sale & Specialist Collectors, a newly-branded auction at the Batemans saleroom in Stamford, Lincolnshire, on April 6.

This 19in (48cm) high bronze maquette by sculptor Nicholas Dimbleby (b.1946) of the jazz musician and composer Duke Ellington, above, is estimated at £1200-1800.

It was made for a life-sized sculpture of the famous musician standing at a grand piano clicking his fingers keeping time which was commissioned by Boizot and installed near Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in Soho in 1998. It was later removed after planning objections and its location is unknown today.

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A private collection of 17 pictures by James Lawrence Isherwood (1917-89) – the prolific Wigan-born painter who produced thousands of Impressionist-style pictures – has emerged from a deceased estate and will be offered at Lancashire saleroom Silverwoods on April 10.

Assembled during the 1960s-70s, the group contains mainly unframed oil on boards depicting both rural landscapes and city scenes from across England and Wales.

St Ives Harbour, dated c.1964 and measuring 3ft x 2ft 7in (91 x 80cm), is estimated at £500-700.

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This portrait miniature of an unknown women wearing a blue dress with white lace collar above was painted in c.1782 by Royal Academy founder Jeremiah Meyer (1735-89).

Dating to the final decade of Meyer’s career, the ivory miniature comes in a gilt-metal locket frame and is priced at £1750 from Philip Mould in Pall Mall, London.

Meyer belonged to a new generation of miniaturists, including Richard Cosway, John Smart and Richard Crosse, who presented their art form in direct competition with oil painters.

In 1764, Meyer was appointed miniature painter to Queen Charlotte and painter in enamel to King George III.


Documentation relating to Concorde, including notes showing the inner workings of the supersonic airliner, will be offered at Special Auction Services in Newbury on April 9.

The seven lots – discovered in a box of paperwork – include flight manuals, crew manuals, pilots’ handbooks and checklists for the British Concorde 01 and a flight manual for French Concorde 02.

This meticulous set of notes pictured above, containing 92 printed schematic and diagramatic pages with detailed hand-written training annotations, were made by Assistant Chief Test Pilot Peter P Baker and are estimated at £1000-1500.

Captain Baker was part of Concorde’s crew on her momentous first flight from Filton to Fairford and he was instrumental in the flight testing and crew training before the aircraft entered service in 1976.

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