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This Boer War CSC (Conspicuous Service Cross) medal pair above is one of only eight ever awarded and is a highlight of Dix Noonan Webb’s sale of orders, decorations, medals and militaria on February 27-28 in Mayfair, London.

The pair was awarded to Midshipman TFJ Livesey-Wardle of the Royal Navy for his gallantry at the Battle of Graspan, near Belmont, on November 25, 1900.

Estimate £15,000-20,000.

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A sale of porcelain and pottery at Salisbury saleroom Woolley & Wallis on February 19 will include a c.1760 set of ormolu-mounted Meissen figures of the four seasons.

Each of the pieces is modelled as a 10in (25.5cm) high classical figure with varying attributes: winter with an ermine cloak and a brazier, spring with an urn of flowers, summer with a sheaf of corn and autumn with a grapevine and cup of wine.

The quartet comes from a private collection in Northamptonshire and has paper labels for the Shaw Collection.

Estimate £6000-10,000.

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This study by Peter Blake (b.1932) above was made while he was an associate artist at the National Gallery in London in 1996.

The 6 x 8in (15 x 20cm) study is based on the French 19th century painting A Black Woman, which resides in the gallery’s permanent collection. Currently unattributed, the work has been variously ascribed to Delacroix, Eugène Fromentin and Marie-Guillemine Benoist.

The vendor acquired Blake’s picture as part payment for a property deal brokered by Savills in 2008 between the vendor and Niall Haigh, a former fine art dealer based in Cork Street, London. It carries a £5000-8000 estimate in the auction at Rowley’s in Ely, Cambridgeshire, on February 16.

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