Andrew Grima – the 1960s jeweller whose bold designs re-energised the British jewellery scene in post-war Britain – was commissioned by watchmaker Omega to create a collection of watches for its futuristic collection About Time.
The collection comprised nearly 60 designs, all with accompanying matching jewellery pieces. This c.1970 Omega 18ct gold ladies’ Teak wristwatch above is decorated with a signature Grima bark textured finish and an original mesh-style bracelet. It is estimated at £4000-6000 in Richard Winterton’s Fine & Decorative sale on March 20-21 in Lichfield, Staffordshire.
Nine live steam locomotives from the collection of Lord Braybrooke go under the hammer at Dreweatts in Donnington Priory on March 12.
The collection contains 3½in, 5in and four 10¼in gauge locomotives from Braybrooke’s miniature railway at Audley End in Essex. The sale hopes to raise £180,000 to secure the railway’s future.
This ‘exhibition quality’ 5in gauge model above, built by John Richardson of Halifax, c.1991, is estimated at £15,000-20,000. The model is a recreation of LNER’s A4 Pacific Class 4-6-2 Mallard (no 4468), which was built in 1938 and holds the world speed record for steam locomotives at 126mph.
Many luminaries of the 20th century passed through this Georgian-style entrance above, cast with a 13ft (4m) high overthrow incorporating the letter ‘W’ for Warwick.
It was made for Easton Lodge in Great Dunmow, Essex, home of Daisy Greville, Countess of Warwick. A socialite and mistress to King Edward VII, she inherited the estate when she was four and continued to live there after her marriage to Francis Greville, 5th Earl of Warwick.
Guests to the estate included George Bernard Shaw, Gustav Holst, Ramsay McDonald, AA Milne, Charlie Chaplin and HG Wells, whose family lived in one of the estate properties. The imposing piece is estimated at £15,000-25,000 at Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, West Sussex, on March 13, sealed bids only.