Tennants’ 20th Century Design sale in Leyburn on March 6 includes this Clarice Cliff lotus jug decorated in the Fantasque Bizarre Trees and House (Alpine) pattern.
Only a handful of copies are known to exist of The Eagle No 1 promotional issue.
Issued in the spring of 1950, the eight page promo – lacking the ‘Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future’ header that appeared on the first full issue of the comic – was distributed to schools and churches up and down the country to publicise the imminent launch of the weekly on April 14.
In fine condition, this copy pictured top is estimated at £400-500 at the Comic Book Auctions sale that closes online on February 28.
This rare majolica tobacco jar and cover by Wilhelm Schiller & Sohn takes the form a saddled camel ridden by two figures with an attendant alongside. It stands an impressive 20in (51cm) high.
At a three-day sale at Hutchinson Scott in Skipton, North Yorkshire, on March 4-6 it is guided at £1000-1500.
This note sent in December 1963 to a Beatles fan was penned by Mary Elizabeth Smith from The Mendips, Menlove Avenue, Liverpool. Smith is better known as Aunt Mimi and the address the childhood home of her nephew John Lennon.
Sent to a Miss V Stoker of 54 Pirton Road, Hitchin, it dates from the moment of the Fab Four’s meteoric rise. Deluged with similar requests, Aunt Mimi was unable to grant a request for Lennon’s autograph.
The note reads: ‘Dear Vivienne. Thanks for letter. There are two thousand requests, it’s impossible for me to grant one without the other. John saw my mail & nearly collapsed with fright, but sends love to you, Best Wishes Mimi Smith.’
It has been consigned to auction at Cuttlestones in Wolverhampton on March 19 by the original recipient who rediscovered the note during a lockdown clear out.
Plymouth Auction Rooms expects this Art Deco baguette cut sapphire and diamond ring to bring £1000-1500 on March 17.
The ring, purchased by the vendor’s father at local jewellery firm Manchester House in the 1950s, is unmarked but its sculptural asymmetric design is in the style of Cartier.
The Baldwin’s of St James’s auction of historical and commemorative medals on March 17 features this topical issue. It is a small portrait medal of Edward Jenner (1749-1823), the pioneer of the smallpox vaccination, struck in Germany by Friedrich Wilhelm Loos in 1796.
The medal, estimated at £100-150, has a powerful scene on its reverse: a winged and scaled demon blows his poisonous breath towards the crouching figure of the goddess Hygeia, who is protecting a child. On her shield is the image of a cow – a reference to Jenner’s use of cowpox against smallpox and the origin of the word vaccine.
This George III silver table snuff box by Phipps and Robinson, London 1814, is engraved to the cover with a plan of the battle of Talavera in the Peninsular War. It shows the position of the British, French and Spanish forces with the sides of the box engraved with a key to the plan.
The snuff box is expected to bring £500-800 at Duggleby Stephenson in York on February 25.
It was formerly the property of the artist Marie-Louise, Countess Manvers (1889-1984) who painted under the name Marie-Louise Pierrepont. It is being offered for sale by a descendant with an guide of £1500-2000.
A mahogany apothecary’s box believed to date from c.1870 is offered at Hansons in Etwall, Derbyshire, on February 24.
Its hinged cover lifts up to reveal a purple velvet lined interior fitted with slots, trays and pigeon holes for storing glass bottles and other medicinal items. It has a maker’s mark for New Bond Street manufacturer Savory & Moore.
Measuring 14in (35cm) high, it is estimated at £400-600.
The Graham Cutts treen collection will be sold by Wilkinson’s in Doncaster as part of a sale on February 27-28.
A host of novelty 18th and 19th century snuff boxes includes this 4¾in (12cm) example carved in the form of a recumbent cow with inset black bead eyes and a hinged lid to the base.
An online sale of Affordable Art held by Mallams in Oxford closes on February 28.
Estimated at £60-100 is this late mixed-media work by John Bratby (1928-92).
Titled Aphrodite Girl Belly Dancer, it is signed and dated February 3, 1991, and measures 23 x 15in (57 x 38cm).
This Murano glass, silver and enamel salt and pepper are both signed for Vittorio Angini. At Jacobs & Hunt in Liss, Hampshire on February 26 the 1950s pair is guided at £350-400.
The Fine Clocks & Horology sale at Gardiner Houlgate in Corsham, Bath, on February 25 includes this Victorian gilt brass strut clock. In the manner of Thomas Cole, the silvered chapter ring and the movement is signed for the Bond Street retailer Hunt & Roskell.
This Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887-1976) limited edition print, St Mary’s, Beswick, is guided at £800-1200 at Bolton Auction Rooms on March 15. Signed in pencil bottom right, it is also numbered 317/500.
Dawsons in Maidenhead conducts a first dedicated Jewellery, Watches & Silver auction on March 11, where this Victorian gold and garnet pendant in the Etruscan revival style is expected to bring £150-250.
A single-owner collection of silver and Judaica will be dispersed on March 17 by Roseberys London.
It includes this matched pair of 13in (32cm) high Victorian amphora-shaped silver ewers made by the Barnard family. One hallmarked for 1847 is engraved with chariot scenes between palmette bands, the other depicting Hermes and a female dressing scene assayed in 1856.
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The book Artistes Juifs de l’Ecole de Paris 1905-1939 (2015) is the definitive work on Jewish artists working in Paris in the pre-war period.
It was written by Nadine Nieszawer and members of the Princ family, whose collection of works will be sold by Bonhams London on March 3. L’Ecole de Paris 1905-1939: The Jewish Artists auction includes this oil titled Nude by the Czech painter Georges Kars (1882-1945). Kars – born Karpeles – arrived in Paris in 1908 where he struck up a close friendship with Suzanne Valadon.
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