This late-18th century Anglo-Indian School portrait of Charles Weston (1731-1810), a Eurasian of mixed British and Indian parentage, will be offered for sale at Sworders of Stansted Mountfitchet in Essex on June 25-26.
Weston, the illegitimate son of a British lawyer in Calcutta, was apprenticed to the East India Company surgeon and landowner John Zephaniah Howell – best known today as the author of a key account of the horrors of the so-called Black Hole of Calcutta, a small dungeon in Fort William. Shrewd property investment allowed Weston – raised a committed Christian – to leave funds for the less well-off.
The 13 x 11in (33 x 28cm) oil on board comes from a Norfolk family who acquired it from London dealership Hartnoll & Eyre in 1977 for £120. During their ownership, it was chosen as the cover illustration of Poor Relations: The Making of a Eurasian Community in British India 1773-1833 by Christopher Howells (1996), a signed copy of which accompanies the painting.
Between 1928-31, Marc Chagall (1887-1985) produced a series of black and white etchings inspired by the fables of the 17th century French poet Jean de La Fontaine and published by the renowned art dealer, Ambrose Vollard, in 1952.
This limited-edition signed etching, The Dog Who Carried on His Neck the Dinner of His Master, depicts the tale of a dog who was trained to deliver his master’s midday meal to his place of work without being tempted to eat it on the way. The story, which ends with the dog sharing the meal with a group of large and aggressive canines that waylay him, was a political comment on the misuse of public funds by those in authority.
It will be offered at Tayler & Fletcher’s north Cotswold saleroom in Bourton-on-the- Water on June 20 and is estimated at £500-700.
This Edwardian silver pepperette modelled as a Suffragette holding two ivorine placards, one inscribed Vote for Women, the other, We Can Make Things Hot For You, is guided at £800-900 at an auction of Jewellery, Watches, Antiquities and Objects of Vertu at Dix Noonan Webb in central London on June 18.
The piece is stamped with the maker’s mark of Saunders & Shepherd, Chester 1908.
Welsh ceramics dealer Robert Pugh Antiques will be selling this set of child’s mugs from June 22 through Courtyard Antiques in Presteigne in Powys, where they are now trading with Jules Brisbane and Andy Leavis.
The nine mugs, made by an unknown Staffordshire factory in c.1860, are from the private collection of the late Islwyn Watkins – a local antiques dealer and artist from nearby Knighton who was well known throughout the world of pottery collecting, who died in December 2018.
The group is priced at £775.