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Danish-born Charles Frederick de Brocktorff (1775-1850) fought in the Napoleonic Wars as an infantry officer with the forces of the Electorate of Hanover before settling in Malta in c.1810, where he opened an art studio in Valletta.

This 8in (20cm) square portrait miniature of a naval officer above is signed de Brocktorff pinx and is estimated at £400-600 in the July 3 auction at Boningtons in Essex.

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Mario Masenza is considered to be one of the founding fathers of the Italian artist jewellery movement in the mid-to late- 20th century.

He promoted artist jewellers and jewellery sculptors from the late 1940s through to the early ‘80s from his shop in the on the fashionable Via Del Corso in the heart of Rome. Masenza offered the use of his goldsmith’s workshop to painters and sculptors, later known as the ‘School of Rome’, including Edgarado Mannucci, Franco Cannilla, and Mirko and Afro Basadella.

This diamond, emerald and coral brooch of Venus and Cupid above by Afro Basadella (1912-76) was first exhibited by Masenza in his Milan exhibition Gioilelli Di Masenza in 1949. It was also published in an article in Moda magazine at the time.

The brooch will be offered together with a 1950s artist ring at Dreweatts in Newbury, Berkshire, on July 10.

Estimate £1500-2000.

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A Russian ‘Gardner’ porcelain figure of a dancing peasant, Moscow, is estimated at €800-1200 in Adam’s auction in Dublin on June 30.

The 8½in (22cm) high design is modelled balanced on one leg, his hat raised in his left hand and standing on a squared mound base.

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Manufactured by north Devon furniture maker Shepland & Petter of Barnstaple, this Arts & Crafts mahogany hallstand for Liberty in London, above, will be offered at the Hutchinson Scott June 27-28 auction in Skipton, North Yorkshire.

The 7ft 1in (2.15m) high piece with a typical beaten copper panel feature inscribed EAST WEST HOME’S BEST is estimated at £800-1200.

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