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More than 150 lots from the contents of a London townhouse in Fitzrovia will be included in an Interiors sale at Dreweatts of Donnington Priory, Newbury, on February 27.

The auction includes sculpture, early 19th century and contemporary furniture, ship models, oriental works of art, silver, ceramics, glassware, tribal art and vintage luggage. Guided at £8000-12,000 is a patinated bronze model of a nude youth by German sculptor Mathieu Molitor (1873-1929).

Conceived during the artist’s stay in Rome in 1907, the model demonstrates the early, more academically inclined output of Molitor’s oeuvre and is possibly derived from the ancient Greek ‘Apoxyomenos’ sculptures, which show nude athletes with their hands in similar attitudes. The piece stands on a faceted cylindrical oak veneered pine pedestal and measures 8ft (2.45m) high overall.


Furniture, jewellery, decorative arts, fine art, lighting, rugs and objects, all assembled over the last four decades by the owner of a 16th century home in London, will be dispersed at Chiswick Auctions in west London on February 5.

This 19th century mother of pearl, bone and ivory marquetry hardwood cabinet is among a group of Middle Eastern works. Created in in an architectural style to imitate Nasrid buildings, the interior was inspired by the Sala de los Reyes at the Alhambra Palace in Granada. It features pierced and carved polylobed arches, Moorish star-shaped and geometric wall panels and calligraphic bands.

The sides are carved with the Nasrid dynasty’s motto, while the cabinet also has several secret drawers and compartments in its supporting desk. Estimate £6000-8000.

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This large Persian solid silver plaque was made by Lahiji, who is regarded as one of the best Persian silversmiths working in the city of Isfahan in Iran during the late-19th and early-20th centuries.

The piece has been consigned with a collection of Islamic art from ‘the property of a gentleman’ to Haslemere saleroom John Nicholson’s in Surrey on February 20.

The centre is engraved with a royal palace scene and features smaller vignettes of villages and other scenes around the edge. It is signed in gold, weighs 1000gm and measures 2ft 6in (77cm) in diameter. Estimate £10,000-15,000.