The sale, to be held online on March 24 under the title Ted Few: An Idiosyncratic Eye Collection, includes more than 400 lots of objects and paintings collected throughout the dealer’s long career.
Few, who is indeed well known for his idiosyncratic style and taste, is among a number of dealers to sell via auction recently as fair cancellations and shops closures have made trading difficult.
He began dealing from an early age, buying art and objects from antiques shops and markets near Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, where he was at school, and selling them to local dealers when he returned home in the holidays.
“My curiosity and enthusiasm have always been aroused by things which have a distinctive personality or move me in some way,” he says.
Estimated at £8000-12,000 is a large group of Roman bronze figures, 6th century BC-3rd century AD, with provenance to Sigmaringen Castle in Germany.
The group may have begun in the 19th century with Prince Karl Anton of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (1811-85). His son Leopold, who travelled through many of the regions in Italy where the bronzes originate, is thought to have added to it.
The group comprises 27 figures principally of Hercules, but others include Diana, Mars and Cupid.