On August 27 Dawsons of Maidenhead is offering a collection of original correspondence relating to Robert Falcon Scott CVO (1868-1913) - see picture, top.
Spanning almost an entire century, the contents include handwritten letters from Scott to his family, dating from 1896 and 1906, a bound set of condolence letters and telegrams to his mother after his death (from among others, Buckingham Palace, his close friend JM Barrie and Scott’s long-term mentor and sponsor, Sir Clements Markham).
Later documents include letters from his son, Sir Peter Scott (1909-89), and correspondence from Roland Huntford, author of a controversial 1970s book on Captain Scott.
The collection was recently discovered as part of a London house clearance, having been held by the descendants of Scott’s sister, Ettie Myers Scott. She was the wife of William Ellison-Macartney (1852-1924), the Irish-born English politician and later Governor of the Australian States of Tasmania and Western Australia, and it was their family who retained the early items following the death of Robert and Ettie’s mother.
Estimated at £8000-10,000.
Pictured is Action comic No 2 from 1976 with its hard-to-find free gift Hookjaw transfer and the four-page flyer advertising it.
The title caused a media storm when it came out due to its violent content and was withdrawn by publisher IPC after a year or so. In any case most of the comic’s rough characters were being eaten on a weekly basis by Hookjaw, a great white shark based on the huge popularity of the Jaws movie. Obviously the juvenile readership were not nearly so tough as the Editor’s Page note suggested: ‘The best way to iron on your transfer is to get your Mum to do it…’
This transfer is, however, not ironed by mum or anyone and is pristine. The estimate is £70-100 in a timed online sale held by Comic Book Auctions ending on August 30.
Mitchells in Cockermouth holds an Antiques & Fine Art Sale on September 2-4. It includes nine original pen and ink drawings by guidebook author and illustrator Alfred Wainwright (1907-91) – seven from a single-owner collection. The drawings have estimates ranging from £500-800 each and include Pike O Blisco, Pillar Rock, West Face, Dove Crag and High Crag (Buttermere).
This Mid-century teak sideboard by Danish manufacturer Sibast, designed by Arne Vodder, with elliptical drawers and sliding doors, is estimated at £400-600 in the Rendells August 27-28 auction in Ashburton, Devon.
Chiswick Auctions holds a sale of British & European Fine Art in west London on August 27. Estimated at £700-1000 is this 20in x 3ft (50 x 92cm) ship portrait of the paddle steamer PS Rouen by George Mears (1826-1906). Dated 1889, it was bought by the family of the owner at the Belgrave Gallery, London, in 1974 and the accompanying receipt is included in the lot.
Mears specialised in painting steam and sail ships and was employed as the official portrait painter to the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company.
Milnthorpe, Cumbria firm 1818 Auctioneers holds a timed online sale of Vintage and Antiquarian Books closing on August 30. This 1863 third edition copy in 11 volumes of John Edward Sowerby’s English Botany or Coloured Figures of British Plants bound in half green morocco has an estimate of £300-500.
The Autumn Sale at Gorringe’s in Lewes on September 1 includes this rare William de Morgan Sands End period Ostrich bottle vase, c.1888-97. Standing 13in (33cm) high, it is signed JJ for Joe Juster, the painter of a repeating design of three ostriches running amid yellow, pink and blue flowers and green foliage.
With some small chips to the rim, it has an estimate of £3000-5000.
The Pictures & Prints sale at Keys of Aylsham on August 28 includes this watercolour of the cathedral and castle at Durham from the Wear by Charles Hannaford (1863-1955), 10 x 13in (24 x 34cm). Estimate £100-120.
Works from the estate of Dame Elisabeth Frink and her son Lin Jammet (1958-2017) come for sale at the Modern British & 20th Century Art at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on August 26.
Estimated at £2000-4000 is this watercolour of Julian Trevelyan on a beach by Mary Fedden (1915-2012). It is signed and dated 1981 and inscribed Lis & Alex with Love.
Fedden and Trevelyan were close friends of Frink and would often visit her and her second husband Ted Pool when they lived at Corbès in the Cévennes.
This gold and enamel memorial stick pin set with a portrait of Francis Clark (1841-95) is engraved to the reverse From VRI 1895 FC. Clark, the nephew of the more famous, attendant John Brown, was a member of Queen Victoria’s household during her time in the Scottish Highlands. He died at Buckingham Palace on July 7, 1895.
The estimate is £500-800 at McTear’s in Glasgow on August 28.
This print of Trinity College Library in Dublin is one of 25 plates from James Malton’s (1761-1803) A Picturesque and Descriptive View of the City of Dublin published in 1791. This rare topographical work, also accompanied by a number of maps of the city, comes for sale at Adam’s in Dublin on September 2, part of the firm’s auction titled Important Irish Art. It has a guide of €6000-8000.
At Stamford Auction Rooms, Lincolnshire, in an online-only sale on August 29, this 19th century papier-mache counter box has a guide of £350-450.
Measuring around 12in (30cm) square, it is painted to the cover and five inner boxes with scenes of Lake Como titled Isola Bella, Castle of Conoro, Isola Lucchi and Murano.
The sale of 20th Century Art & Design at Peter Wilson in Nantwich on August 27 includes this 2ft 3in x 2ft 11in (70 x 90cm) mixed-media collage by the St Ives group artist Francis Davison (1919-84), pitched at £3000-5000.
Davidson, who formed a lifelong friendship with Patrick Heron while at boarding school, began to make these collages, using torn paper, and a stark colour palette, in 1952, shortly after settling at a farm in Sussex.
The primary attraction of this 5in (12cm) high Tudric jar and cover from the Liberty Tudric range is a charming Arts & Crafts enamel panel of a young girl and geese. It is marked to the base English Pewter 0543.
It forms part of a single-owner sale titled A Natural Eye held by Special Auction Services in Newbury on September 1. The 500-plus lots come from the estate of Marianne Gale (née Bonitz), a dealer and collector specialising in Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts and Art Deco.
Once associated with the Florentine late Baroque sculptor Giambattista Foggini (1652-1725), this terracotta group of Bacchus and Ariadne is now known from a full-size marble version dated 1732 and signed by his contemporary Giuseppe Piamontini (1664-1742).
This working model, 11in (27cm), fashioned by hand in clay, comes for sale at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on September 2-3 as part of a group of objects from the Earls of Crawford and Balcarres of Balcarres House, Fife.
Dr Charles Avery, former deputy keeper of the department of sculpture at the V&A, has researched and catalogued the piece for sale.
The Gavin Gardiner auction of Modern & Vintage Sporting Guns in West Sussex on September 2 includes two guns by London maker James Purdey & Son being sold in aid of the Gunmakers’ Charitable Trust. Shown here is one of them: a 12-bore self-opening sidelock ejector gun built in the early 1920s – the heyday of British gunmaking – which retains much of its original finish and is estimated at £12,000-18,000.
The gun was completed in 1923 for Abercrombie & Fitch. It was owned by Mark Barty-King, the publisher who nurtured the careers of Frederick Forsyth, Jilly Cooper and Catherine Cookson as well as being responsible for the UK publication of Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time.
Additional barrels were fitted by the maker in 1974 and were filed by Jack Aldous who was Purdey’s highest-paid barrel-maker at this time.