While care has been taken in compiling these previews, we strongly advise that you also check with the saleroom concerned in case of cancellations or postponements because of the latest Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions.
This Shoji Hamada (1894-1978) stoneware plate with iron brushwork (pictured above), 7½in (19cm) diameter, was exhibited in the 2018 show Shoji Hamada: 40 Years On held by Oxford Ceramics Gallery and Leach Pottery in St Ives.
With a provenance to the Mike O’Conner collection, it is estimated at £400-600 in the Adam Partridge Studio Ceramics & Modern Design auction in Macclesfield on November 27.
Most famous today as William Butler Yeats’ muse, Maud Gonne was fiercely independent, energetic and beautiful.
All these attributes are captured in this bronze relief portrait of her, which is estimated at €300-500 in Mullen’s Collector’s Cabinet auction on December 5 (rearranged from October 31) in Bray, Co Dublin.
The auction house says: “We are used to seeing her in photographs and in Sarah Purser’s portrait (which Gonne hated) but we can find no record of this bronze portrait, signed F. Lernac and dated 1901.”
This cheque signed by Charles Dickens has local interest for Plymouth Auction Rooms, where it is estimated at £200-400 on December 9.
Hand-written in blue ink and drawn on Messrs Coutts & Company for the sum of £5, it is payable to The Royal Hotel, Plymouth. The cheque is dated September 28, 1868. At this time Dickens had returned from his profitable ‘farewell reading’ tour of the US and was touring England. A black cross suggested it was possibly cancelled.
The cheque was inherited by the seller from the estate of Marian Hilton whose sister Dorothy was given it sometime before the First World War – perhaps by Dickens’ granddaughter
Cardiff saleroom Rogers Jones is holding a themed Welsh Sale on December 5. There are 58 lots of local pottery, much of it from a west Wales estate.
One of the highlights is this Ynysmeudwy baptism basin, c.1850, estimated at £500-1000. It has an interior including plaques inscribed Baptising basin for Pantteg Chapel presented by Mary Griffiths.
It is believed that local industrialists commissioned such bowls and that Griffiths would have been a benefactor to the chapel, located just three miles from the Ynysmeudwy factory
A German Rococo Trumeau mirror in the manner of Johann Michael Hoppenhaupt is on offer in Chilcotts’ auction in Honiton, Devon, on December 11-12.
Measuring 9ft high x 4ft 11in wide (2.76 x 1.5m) overall, it incorporates a mid 18th century oil on canvas depicting musicians and dancing children in a parkland setting. The estimate is £6000- 8000.
The vendor is directly descended from Johann Jacob Moser (1701-85), a jurist considered to have laid the legal foundations of the modern German state. The mirror was brought from Germany to London by the vendor’s mother c.1960.
This Paragon China child’s mug is from a collectable series decorated with feline designs by Louis Wain. This piece, A Morning Trim, has a guide of £80-120 at Bolton Auction Rooms on December 7.
This Army & Navy travelling stationery box, 1904, which has come from descendants of the original owner, is estimated at £300-500 in Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s December 3 auction in Taunton.
With a gilt metal carrying handle to each side, the box has a Bramah-type lock and key, the top opening to reveal a satinwood lined interior, stationery rack and compartments housing blotter, letter book, cash account and diary, above three drawers and a spring-loaded drawer fitted with pair of travelling inkwells.
The fall front opens to reveal a gilt-tooled, leather-lined writing surface, complete with ivorine Army & Navy ticket for Captain (later Colonel) PD McCandlish. The box measures 17in wide x 10in wide x 12in deep (43 x 25 x 30cm).
A Victorian travel desk presented to a military surveyor by Lord Kitchener is guided at £1500-2500 in a timed online sale held by Cumbrian firm 1818 Auctioneers which ends on November 29.
The 16in wide x 8in high x 10in deep (41 x 20 x 26cm) deep wooden desk, with hinged lid, is accompanied by a large quantity of ephemera charting the career and life of Sgt Major Angus Sutherland of the Royal Engineers.
It is being offered for sale by his great-granddaughter who lives in Kendal.
Sgt Major Sutherland’s job was to survey land in the late 1800s that was part of the British Empire. He probably received the box at the end of a six-year period in Cyprus in 1886. Kitchener was in charge of the work there. Inscribed on the lid is Sergeant Major A Sutherland RE from Lieut Colonel Kitchener RE Palestine – Cyprus.
Signed, hand-written letters from Kitchener and the signed photograph also shown above, are among the items in the desk.
Simple ribbons to secure hats gave way to grand pins by Victorian times, and come the Edwardian era the hatpin was enjoying its heyday. On offer at Canterbury Auction Galleries on November 28-30 is the Buckingham Collection: one member of the Hat Pin Society of Great Britain’s 45-year quest to create a collection representing some of the best. They will be sold in groups across 18 lots.
One of the most prolific manufacturers of the day was the Horner family of Halifax in Yorkshire. Examples of Horner’s pins in the collection on offer are some of the most sought after, notably a pair of Edward VII so-called ‘Game’ pins shown here, the silver heads modelled respectively as a miniature diablo and a ball and rocket, or bilboquet. Assayed in Chester in 1907 and contained in their original maroon leather-covered box, they are estimated at £100-150.
This clock dial named for John Knibb, Oxon housed in an early 18th century walnut longcase is estimated at £2000-3000 in the Richard Winterton auction in LIchfield on November 30.
It is part of an extensive collection of more than 100 timepieces spanning two centuries of horological history found during a routine inspection for a house clearance in Sutton Coldfield.
The sale at Durrants in Beccles on December 12 includes a collection of pocket watch stands. Among them is this early 19th century Prattware example, 9½in (24cm) high. Missing one figure, it is guided at £100-150.
Halls of Shrewsbury will be offering sketches by war poet Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) on December 9.
Shropshire-born Owen was killed in action during the crossing of the Sambre-Oise Canal, just one week before the signing of the Armistice.
Shown here is an ink sketch of a bird signed and dated ‘03 bottom right. Measuring 10½ x 8½in (27 x 22cm) unframed, it is estimated at £250-350.
A timed online sale at Jacobs & Hunt in Liss, Hampshire, includes this late 19th century French silver gilt and bloodstone paper knife by Alphonse Giroux, Paris. It is modelled in the form of Joan of Arc standing with sword raised below a banner engraved with the Madonna on a fleur-de-lys background. It is in a Garrard & Co retail box.
Bidding around £500-800 is expected when the sale closes on November 26.
This Cartier silver, gold and onyx mounted desk clock, perpetual calendar and weather station was given as personal gift by Henry Mond, the 2nd Baron Melchett (1898-1949), to his long-time personal assistant PW Cushion after 45 years’ service.
Measuring 4½in (11.5cm) high, it has import marks for London 1912. The clock comes for sale by descent at Dreweatts in Donnington Priory, Newbury, on December 8 with a guide of £2500-3500.
The sale of Antique & Vintage Guns & Accessories at Holts in Wolferton, Norfolk, on December 7-8 includes this pair of French 25-bore flintlock silver and gilt decorated double-barrelled holster pistols.
Signed to the barrels Canon Tordv, the locks are signed Manuf De Royale A St Etienne. Complete with their original silver mounted ebony ramrods with tool ends, the estimate is £10,000-15,000.
Woolley & Wallis is holding its first-ever timed online sale – a Christmas Gifts sale that closes on December 2. It comprises around 300 lots of jewellery, silver, ceramics and other collectable and giftable items, all of which can be posted out in time for the big day.
This seasonal offering, a cased pair of late-Victorian silver handled nut crackers and a nut pick by Adie and Lovekin, Birmingham 1899 has a guide of £120-150.