This complete ‘first issue’ set of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs figures made by the Wade factory c.1930 (pictured top) is estimated at £100-150 at Lockdales in Ipswich on July 25. Each painted with brightly coloured enamels, they include factory marks and a name to the base.
Pax Romana in London conducts an Art of Asia sale on July 26 where this 18th century blue and white export porcelain tureen is guided at £800-1200.
The sale of original posters at Antikbar in London on August 1 includes this c.1926 poster for the Southern Railway: The Londoner’s Leisure.
Promoting these cheap day tickets to up-river resorts from Waterloo, it is a stylised view of elegant Londoners enjoying boat trips on the Thames by the artist, metal worker and designer Frederic Gregory Brown (1887-1941).
This cased 38oz three-piece Victorian silver teaset in the Aesthetic movement taste (London 1881) comes with a conforming EPNS tea kettle.
It is guided at £350-450 by Rogers Jones of Cardiff on July 24.
Among 13 lots from an ‘important private collection’ offered by Thomas Del Mar at Olympia Auctions on July 30 will be this 54-bore south German breech-loading self-spanning wheel-lock holster pistol.
Made in Augsburg in the mid 16th century, it was formerly in the collection of Lord Astor of Hever. As stated in the Hever catalogue of 1983, ‘this pistol displays exceptional technical innovation for the period.
It can be loaded at the breech with a removable cartridge that is complete with a pan, thus allowing the user to insert a preloaded and primed cartridge into the chamber. Furthermore, it can be used as a self-spanning wheellock or primed with a key. No other pistol of this early date displays so many refinements.’
It is estimated at £25,000-30,000.
The sale at Michael Bowman in Newton Abbot on July 25 includes this unsigned 12 x 16in (30 x 40cm) watercolour of a river landscape with figures, animals and barges by Paul Sandby (1730-1809).
Dreweatts in Newbury will sell ‘Property from The Ballyedmond Collection, Belgrave Square’ on July 30. The Irish-British entrepreneur and politician Edward Haughey, Baron Ballyedmond (1944-2014) owned a number of landmark properties in the UK including 9 Belgrave Square, a six-storey London townhouse purchased in 2006 for about £12m and restored during the following three years.
This pair of late Victorian black-painted cast-iron metal and glazed lanterns, approximately 3ft 4in (1m) high, is guided at £1200-1800.
This ticket for a fundraising event at the galleries of the Society of British Artists on Pall Mall on June 24, 1884, carries an estimate of £25-35 at Southgate Auction Rooms’ online sale of ephemera closing on July 28.
The Smoking Evening was to benefit The Artists’ Annuity Fund – the charitable body supported by the contributions of its members, for their own relief in sickness. All artists of merit in painting, sculpture, architecture, and engraving, were eligible to become members.
This ticket carries the name T Walter Wilson, probably for Thomas Walter Wilson (1851-1912), who worked successfully as both a landscape painter and a magazine illustrator during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The Pedestal will hold a Fine Interiors sale on July 28 at a new auction venue: The Old Dairy, on the Stonor Park estate, just outside Henley-on-Thames.
Among the top-estimated lots is this set of 12 Elizabethan sycamore painted roundels or fruit trenchers in original turned beech box c.1600. Each is centred by a different verse or ‘poesie’.
Purchased by the current owner from a London auction house in the late 1960s, an earlier provenance is to the mathematician Charles Babbage (1792-1871) – inventor of a Calculating Machine, now on display in the Science Museum, South Kensington.
This envelope addressed to Addington, New Zealand, was sent during the 1911-12 Terra Nova expedition to the Antarctic. With the exhibition’s penguin logo verso, it bears a Victoria Lane 1d stamp tied by a Brit Antarctic Expd stamp franked at Cape Evans on February 9, 1911.
At the William George timed sale closing on July 23, the opening bid is £275.
As the Penal Laws created a wave of economic social and religious hardship in Ireland, the object shown here provided a portable relic of worship at a time when the Catholic religion was under threat.
Known as a Penal Cross, it is a carved single piece of fruitwood with the figure of Christ. It is inscribed with INRI (Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum), chalice, arrow, ladder, cockerel and cooking pot on the front and HIS and the date 1784 on the reverse. Found in an old house in Co Kildare, it comes to auction at Whyte’s of Dublin in The Eclectic Collector July 25-26 sale from a private collection.
These devotional artefacts are thought to have a strong association with the pilgrimage site at Lough Derg, Co Donegal, where they were made and sold to pilgrims visiting the site.
The designer of the ‘argyle’ is traditionally thought to be John Campbell, the fifth Duke of Argyll, and his wife Elizabeth Gunning, Baroness Hamilton of Hameldon.
They lamented the way that, during the cold Scottish winters, gravy arrived cold to their table from the kitchens of Inverary Castle. A double-walled vessel that could be filled with hot water or internal compartment that could be heated with an iron rod from the fire solved the problem.
This example, made by Edward Fernell, London 1785, has a removable lidded hot water compartment to the interior. At Fellows' sale of Antiques, Silver & Collectables in Birmingham on July 27 the estimate is £600-900.
The Roseberys London sale of Chinese, Japanese & South East Asian Art on July 28 includes this pair of imperially inscribed Qianlong mark and period famille rose wall vases estimated at £20,000-30,000. They were inherited in c.1950 and come from a private west London collection.
Wall vases, also known as wall pockets or sedan chair vases, became one of the Qianlong Emperor’s favourite types and developed significantly during his reign. Of the 320 Qianlong examples recorded in the collection of the Palace Museum in Beijing, about 138 of them are inscribed with poems by the emperor.
This pair with a ruby ground features The Hanging Bottle, a verse dated to the 1758 in which the emperor expresses his delight in seeing a wall vase filled with a flower hanging inside of his sedan chair on the way to a hunting trip.
A family collection of early pieces of furniture by Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson goes under the hammer at Tennants on July 25 in the 20th Century Design Sale.
Dating from the 1930s, they were commissioned by the late William Becket Henderson, a wool merchant from Keighley and later Kettlewell, near Skipton. Thompson’s original sales records held in the workshop archive at Kilburn, North Yorkshire, show that Henderson began commissioning furniture as early as 1926, when the Mouseman made a table for him.
A selection of items commissioned by Henderson are coming up for sale, which include fine bedroom furniture, a desk and two corner cupboards.
Shown here, however, is a Portrait of John Henderson, son of William Becket Henderson, in which the young boy is seated on a Mouseman stool. It was painted in 1950 by Reginald Grange Brundrit, who was educated in Skipton and Bradford, and the painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy.
The sale of militaria at Bishop & Miller in Stowmarket on July 29 includes this rare Second World War joint Allied Nations flag combining the national flags of the UK, the US, China, the USSR and the Cross of United States, China, and the Cross of Lorraine, symbol of the Free French.
In 1944 it was flown shortly after the liberation of the French port of Le Havre and taken as a trophy by Able Seaman Peter Tooley of Motor Torpedo Boat 757.
Tooley, now 95, also ‘liberated’ a Kriegsmarine torch and mirror from the E-Boat pens at Le Havre that is offered as part of the lot. Estimate £300-500.
This Parisian park scene by 'The Fifth Colourist' John Maclauchlan Milne (1885-1957), signed lower right and dated 1912 comes for sale at Jacobs & Hunt of West Liss, near Petersfield on July 24. The oil on canvas measuring 20in x 2ft (50 x 60cm) has expectations of £25,000-35,000.