This exhibition-quality skeleton clock (pictured top) was made by Camerer Cuss & Co to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.
Prince Albert had died 36 years earlier but he was still a significant presence in 1897. The figures on the clock depict the young married couple in quasi-medieval style clothing in tune with the gothic decoration of the clock.
As well as quarter chiming, the movement features a remote winding and hand-setting function that overcame the need to remove the glass dome 52 times a year in order to wind the clock (the reason that so many 19th century skeleton clocks are now lacking their domes).
It features in Bonhams’ Fine Clocks sale in London on July 15, estimated at £10,000-15,000.
This Meiji period white metal table lighter modelled as a dragon has a guide of £300- 400 at the Semley auction in Shaftesbury on July 11. It has a provenance to Trent Manor in Sherborne.
On July 11, Wiltshire saleroom Richard Edmonds Auctions offers an example of one of the most familiar and popular vintage advertising signs: the BP Winner sign from the 1920s.
It has come from a private collection and is estimated at £15,000-20,000.
Robert Brough’s (1872-1905) art is often overshadowed by the drama of his untimely death: he suffered horrific burns in a train collision outside Sheffield.
A protégé of John Singer Sargent, the older artist rushed to comfort him in his final days and curated a memorial exhibition in celebration of his talent.
That Brough was a rising star can be glimpsed in the brushstrokes of this atmospheric 10½ x 18in (27 x 46cm) oil sketch offered by Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on July 15.
Breton Women By Street Light, signed with initials, was included in Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museum’s 1995 exhibition devoted to the artist.
The Curta, the best portable adding machine available until the arrival of the electronic calculator in the 1970s, was first conceived by Curt Herzstark in Vienna in the 1930s. The design would later save his life.
After informing guards at Buchenwald of his invention, he received the preferential treatment of an ‘intelligence-slave’ while developing working drawings for a manufacturable device envisaged as a gift to Hitler. He survived until the camp’s liberation in 1945.
The Curta Type I was sold for $125 in the later years of production, and the Type II was sold for $175. This example of the Type II in its original plastic case has a guide of £300-500 at Tennants’ sale of Scientific & Musical Instruments, Cameras & Tools in Leyburn on July 10.
This 12½in (31cm) maiolica group depicting The Rest on the Flight to Egypt was made in Urbino, c.1600.
With some minor restoration, it has a guide of £800-1200 at Matthew Barton’s European and Asian Works of Art sale at Olympia Auctions on July 14.
By repute this 390-page manuscript, the memorandum and notebook of a Yorkshire cloth merchant c.1772-3, was found ‘inside a concealed cupboard behind a fireplace’ during a house demolition in Leeds.
Including around 140 pen and ink illustrations, its contents includes commentaries on the state of the market (London, local and export) financial calculations, wages, food, and other aspects of a merchant’s life in the late 18th century.
One passage reads: “Four of ye drunkenst towns in England is has Bradford & Hallifax, Hudersfield and Rochdale and are 4 verrey great towns of trade in ye wosted and woollen manufacktorey”
At Forum Auctions on July 16 it carries a guide of £2000-3000.
The Online Sewing Sale held by Bleasdales in Warwick (a timed auction ending on July 22) includes this 14in (36cm) ebonised table cabinet on pear-shaped ivory feet.
Made in Antwerp, c.1650, it is embellished to the doors with a pair of silk needlework ‘still life’ panels of vases of flowers and to the drawers with ‘stumpwork’ vignettes of birds and mammals.
The July 17 picture sale at David Duggleby in Scarborough includes a number of works by Staithes Group artists including this oil on canvas portrait by Rowland Henry Hill (1873-1952). Titled Dorothy Copeland Jerrold aged 33, it is signed and dated (19)05 and titled to verso.
This 7in (18cm) Satsuma koro is modelled in the form of a yoroi bitsu (Samurai armour storage box) with the kabuto forming the lid. It is signed with an oval impressed seal to the base for Makuzo Kozan and was formerly in the celebrated Walter and Edith Haas collection of Meiji ceramics.
At Adam Partridge in Macclesfield on July 10, it is expected to bring £1000-1500.
Roseberys’ Impressionist, Modern, Post War & Contemporary Art sale on July 15 includes this copy of René Burri’s (1933-2017) well-known photograph: Pablo Picasso, Villa Californie, Le Cannet, France, 1957.
The gelatin silver print, signed, inscribed and stickered was acquired by the vendor at the Atlas Gallery, London.
This Mintons majolica charger, moulded with holly, white dog rose and mistletoe on the theme of winter, has an estimate of £150-250 at 1818 Auctioneers in Milnthorpe, Cumbria.
The timed online sale closes on July 12.
In 1804 Martin Barr Junior (c.1784-1848) joined in partnership with his father and Joseph Flight and a very successful decade followed as Barr, Flight & Barr produced fine-quality British porcelain at the Warmstry factory in Worcester.
At this time botanical decoration became popular, including flowers in a more traditional style akin to Dutch still-life painting.
This Barr, Flight & Barr shell-shape dish on offer at the Peter Wilson auction in Nantwich, Cheshire, on July 9, is painted with a central spray flanked by other smaller flower groups within a gilt line border.
The painter was William Billingsley – described by the Museum of Royal Worcester as “the infamous rogue and artistic genius”. Billingsley joined in 1808, then moved on to help Samuel Walker, who was experimenting with new kilns and materials, before they both left Worcester in c.1813 for Nantgarw.
The 7½in (19.5cm) wide dish is estimated at £250-350.
The Army Gold Medal and Military General Service Medal awarded to Royal Artillery officer Captain Sir John Michell (1781-1866) carry expectations of £24,000-28,000 at Dix Noonan Webb on July 16.
Michell distinguished himself during the final battles of the Peninsular War and the War of 1812 against the US, commanding the artillery at the capture of Washington DC in 1814. Rocket fire aimed at ‘the Capitol, the President’s House and all the public buildings’ earned him the title ‘The Man who Burned Down the White House’.
It was to be three years before the president (James Monroe) could re-occupy his house and five years before Congress could once again meet in the Capitol.
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Spicers in Driffield will hold a sale of studio pottery on July 17. It includes pieces by Ewen Henderson (1934-2000), such as this 12in (30cm) Magic Carpet sculptural form that was purchased directly from the potter.
This 8in (20cm) Theodore Deck pottery jug in the Iznik style, c.1880, has a guide of £600-900 at Bonhams Edinburgh on July 9.