This patinated and parcel gilt bronze ‘double size’ figure of St George by Sir Alfred Gilbert (1854-1934), pictured top, appears to be unique.
A new discovery, it carries an estimate of £80,000-120,000 at Bonhams’ Fine Decorative Arts 1200-1900 sale in London on December 18. The bronze is a close variant of Gilbert’s design for the statue of St George commissioned for the tomb of the Duke of Clarence in St George’s Chapel.
Gilbert, the premier English sculptor of the day, controversially capitalised on the appeal of the model by accepting commissions to make copies for private clients. A very small number of these, in a variety of media have survived, each measuring 20in (50cm). This bronze statue, however, is 3ft (90cm) high.
Bonhams’ head of European sculpture and works of art, Michael Lake, has identified the work as a commission from John Charles Williams of Werrington Park, Launceston in 1895.
The Fine Art and 20th Century sale at Tring Market Auctions in Hertfordshire on December 11 includes this late Victorian 12oz silver caddy by the Keswick School of Industrial Art. Marked for Birmingham, 1892 and initialled JB, it is inscribed J Nicholson to the underside of the lid.
This Lalique Inseperables frosted and opalescent glass desk timepiece has a guide of £700-1000 at Amersham Auction Rooms in Buckinghamshire on December 10.
This London Underground poster There is Still the Country from 1926 is a design by Dora Batty (1900-66). The 3ft 5in x 2ft 1in (1.01m x 63cm) poster, with tears to the lower left and upper middle is estimated at £100-200 in the Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood auction in Exeter on December 15.
This Minton majolica umbrella stand modelled as an amphora on a stand with lion masks and key fret supports, 3ft 1in (93cm) has an impressed date mark for 1870. The design is often attributed to Christopher Dresser.
It has a guide of £800-1200 at Bishop & Miller of Stowmarket on December 16.
This silver Dunhill Unique pattern watch-lighter with engine turned decoration is one of a group of Art Deco Dunhill lighters for sale at Swan Fine Art in Tetsworth on December 10.
It has a guide of £1000-2000.
This pair of 23in (57cm) Cotswold School brass fire dogs, c.1900, is attributed to Nelson Dawson and Edward Spencer for the Artificers’ Guild. The foliate fretwork design is based on the 17th century fire dogs at Haddon Hall, Derbyshire.
The fire dogs have a guide of £2000-3000 at Mallams in Oxford on December 15-16.
This Art Nouveau mahogany and satin-birch console table, 4ft 1in (1.22m) wide, is by the Nancy designer and manufacturer Louis Majorelle, c.1910.
At Adam’s in Dublin on December 15 it is expected to make €5000-8000.