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Elstob & Elstob’s inaugural sale at Bedale Hall in North Yorkshire on March 24 will include this large exhibition vase.

Standing 18in (46cm) high, the vase was designed for an international trade fair in Buenos Aires in 1931 by William Moorcroft (1872-1945) and is accompanied by a handwritten note of authentication by his son Walter. Decorated in the ‘Autumn leaves and berries’ pattern and finished with a rare flambé glaze, the piece is estimated at £6000-8000.

Both father and son experimented with high-temperature flambé techniques, for which a special kiln was built at the Staffordshire factory in 1921.

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Sheridan-Oliver Interiors of Godalming in Surrey is offering this pair of original signal lamps, also referred to as ‘Aldis lamps’ after the Victorian inventor Arthur Cyril Aldis who devised the system for Morse Code.

Mounted on 6ft 3in (1.9m) high bespoke metal stands and fitted with dimmer switches, the pair is priced at £9000.


Consigned on the back of Dix Noonan Webb’s auction of the personal archive of Louis Osman (1914-96) last year, the London saleroom will offer this one-off piece by the designer on March 26.

Made from silver gilt, titanium, laburnum wood and enamel, it is designed in the form of a medieval drinking vessel known as a ‘mazer bowl’ and features a rare waterlily found in the Bodnant Gardens in north Wales. It was made as a retirement gift in 1991 for Peter Jenkins, who was the clerk of the Goldsmiths’ Company for 13 years and had known Osman well.

The piece has been consigned by Jenkins’ family and is offered with an original drawing that shows Osman intended the bowl to bear a presentation inscription.

Estimate £10,000-15,000.