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In the late 1980s several prototypes made for Royal Doulton’s enduring line of character jugs never made it into production. Among them was Robin Hood by Eric Griffiths, a prison warder by Stanley Taylor and this large prototype of Uncle Sam above designed by Harry Sales.

The piece will be offered at Potteries Auctions in Newcastle-under-Lyme on July 13-14 with an estimate of £2000-4000.


Mellors & Kirk’s auction in Nottingham on June 26-27 will feature over a dozen pieces of Fairyland lustre ware made for Wedgwood in c.1920.

Designer Daisy Makeig-Jones (1881-1945) created the distinctive range, which combined technical developments such as liquid lustre in a variety of colours, with influences from Victorian stories to create a “playful world of pixies, elves, imps and will-o-the-wisps”.

Pictured above is a 10in (25cm) high malfrey pot and cover decorated with the so-called ‘Candlemas’ pattern, which carries an estimate of £4000-5000.

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This small 10 x 14in (25 x 36cm) oil on canvas by Camden Town Group founder Harold Gilman (1876-1919) above depicts Romney Marsh, the sparsely populated wetland in south-east England. Gilman – who is sometimes referred to as the ‘English Van Gogh’ – grew up at nearby Snargate Rectory where his father was rector.

The signed landscape bears an old inventory label with the original purchase price of £150 and will be offered for sale at Gardiner Houlgate in Corsham, Wiltshire, on June 27.

Estimate £2000-3000.

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Hachas – such as this one in the stylised form of a monkey – were worn as protective gear during a ritual ancient sport known today as the Mesoamerican Ballgame.

The word Hacha comes from the Spanish word for ‘axe’, a reference to the overall axe-like shape of most examples, which took various forms from human heads, animal heads and more elaborate scenes.

This 7in (18cm) high stone example, more likely to have been worn in ceremonial ballgames rather than active games, has been consigned from the property of an ‘important’ private UK estate to a sale of antiquities and tribal art at Chiswick Auctions on June 27 in London. Estimate £3000-5000.

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