The Fine & Decorative Arts sale at Richard Winterton in Lichfield on September 18 includes one of the rarest and most desirable of all Royal Doulton HN series figures: the curious model of a winged cherub astride a crocodilian known simply as Boy on a Crocodile. A Charles Noke design introduced in 1920, HN373 is well known from the collecting literature but only half a dozen or so are recorded.
The example from the Royal Doulton Museum collection dispersed by Bonhams in 2004 sold for £7500, while others offered by Bearnes of Exeter in July 2006 and Louis Taylor in Stoke-on-Trent in 2013 took £9000 and £7000 respectively. Winterton’s example is appearing at auction for the first time and has an estimate of £4000-6000.
This typical 10in (24cm) Barnstaple slipware harvest jug carries the inscription The ring is Round and Hath no End so is my Love unto my Friend, Evan and Elanor Dalton, Aberystwith 1826. At Chorley’s sale in Pinknash Abbey on September 17-18 it is estimated at £4000-6000.
Reviving a form popular in the 17th and 18th centuries, Cartier first released its range of Blackamoor jewellery in the early 1930s. This brooch is typical: made in gold and enamel, it is set with coral, seed pearls and diamond. The head faces the viewer in a symmetrical pose and sits on a yellow gold reeded neck. At Adam’s Fine Jewellery auction in Dublin on September 17 the estimate is €4000-5000.