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Priced at £995, alarge and scarce Archibald Knox silver caddy spoon for Liberty & Co’s Cymric range is for sale at The Peartree Collection gallery in London.

The handle has an integral celtic knot design and is marked for Birmingham silversmith William Hair Haseler, 1904.


A rare first pressing of the Beatles’ debut album Please Please Me is up for sale at Leicestershire saleroom Gildings on June 24, estimated at £400-600.

The record is one of a small number of early stereo versions pressed in 1963 – the year it was rush-released by record label Parlophone – and sold to special order, rather than appearing in record shops. The vast majority of the Please Please Me records are later mono pressings

Incorrect credits on the paper labels and tool reference numbers and a tax code impressed around the centre hole are pointers to its rarity.


The famous Stoke-on-Trent pottery Wedgwood began its relationship with the painter and designer Eric Ravilious (1903-42) following an introduction from Cecilia Dunbar Kilburn, Ravilious’ fellow Royal College student and a short-lived London gallery owner.

This ‘Boat Race’ bowl was one of the creations born from this partnership, produced in 1938 and printed on the Wedgwood Harvard shape Queen’s ware. The exterior is decorated with scenes relating to the annual boat race between Cambridge and Oxford universities, while the interior has a central medallion showing Piccadilly Circus, and is one of Ravilious’ most complicated illustrations.

This 12in (31cm) wide example is estimated at £1500-2000 in the Design sale at Mallams of Oxford on May 23-24.

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Furniture and drawing implements from the workshop of Stanley Webb Davies (1894-1978), a well-known maker of Arts & Crafts furniture, will go under the hammer at Maidenhead saleroom Dawson’s on May 25. The group has been consigned from a direct descendant of the family.

Billed by the saleroom as the largest and most comprehensive sale of his work to appear at auction, the collection includes this oak secretaire, estimated at £1000-1500, an easy-style armchair, two bed frames and various drawing implements from his Windermere workshop in the Lake District. An original photograph of the workshop will also feature, another copy of which is in the archives at the V&A.