Chorley’s September 21-22 sale includes a group of English ceramics that have provenance back to the Rous Lench collection. Formed by Thomas Burn of Rous Lench court in Worcestershire, it was one of the most extensive collections to have ever come onto the market.
The items at Chorley’s are ones that were either not offered in the Christie’s sales of 1986 and 1990 or were unsold. They include Chelsea, Worcester and Bow pieces such as this model of a recumbent pug after the Roubiliac figure of William Hogarth’s dog Trump. Ascribed to Chelsea, the estimate is £3000-5000.
This pair of George II silver-mounted glass tea caddies in a fitted silver-mounted shagreen covered caddy is expected to bring £1200-1800 at Tennants on September 18.
Unmarked but dating from c.1750, the silver mounts are engraved with a later coat-of-arms for William Ramsay of Barnton and his wife the Hon Mary Sandilands, daughter of James, 10th Lord Torphichen, who he married in 1828.
Silver-mounted glass caddies are rare but not unknown. A set of three once owned by the painter Sir Joshua Reynolds are now in the collection of the Royal Academy.
Southams’ Autumn Sale of Sporting Guns & Antique Weapons in Bedford on September 16 includes this flintlock blunderbuss by HW Mortimer, estimated at £1500-1800.
Holts’ sale of Sporting Guns & Antique Weapons in Wolverton, Norfolk on September 20-21 includes several pairs of cased pistols.
This pair pf 38-bore carriage pistols have locks signed for Joseph Egg and barrels by Purdey. They were almost certainly converted from flintlock by Purdey c.1828.
They come in a mahogany case, with a parchment trade-label for Henry Egg inside the lid.
This William and Mary green japanned chest on stand, c.1700, was acquired by the present owner from Alistair Sampson Antiques in September 1983. It had been exhibited that year at the Grosvenor House Antiques Fair and was illustrated in the fair catalogue.
At the September 22 Furniture and Works of Art sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury, it is guided at £8000-12,000.
An oak Owl cabinet designed by Sir Ambrose Heal in 1905-06 is estimated at £2000-4000 in Toovey’s Arts & Crafts furniture auction on September 16. It measures 5ft high x 3ft 8in wide x 21in deep (1.52m x 1.12m x 53cm).
A similar cabinet can be seen in Sir Ambrose Heal and the Heal Cabinet Factory 1897-1939 by Oliver S Heal.
Early vernacular furniture and textiles from the collection of designer and philanthropist Lady Helen Hamlyn come for sale at Bonhams on September 21.
A fashion graduate from the Royal College of Arts, Hamlyn began work as head designer for Cresta Silks and Debenhams, later turning to philanthropy after her marriage to the German-born British publisher Lord Paul Hamlyn (1926-2001).
This 17th century oak and walnut enclosed chest-of-drawers inlaid with mother of pearl and ivory was formerly the property of Sir Charles Bennet Lawes-Wittewronge, 2nd Baronet (1843-1911). A rower, athlete and sculptor, he created an Elizabethan fantasy interior at his home, Rothamsted Manor, with no expense spared – all recorded in 1906 by Country Life magazine.
This Broadwood & Sons barless grand piano, c.1925, is made in an Adams-style carved mahogany case by Waring and Gillow. It is offered together with a matching stool at Piano Auctions in Langley on September 21 with expectations of £2000-3000.
Ewbank’s is to offer a series of horse paintings from the estate of artist Lionel Ellis (1903-88) on September 16.
The consignment consists of works unseen by the public since Ellis left them to his long-term partner, fellow artist Barbara Shaw, 33 years ago. She died recently and the proceeds will go to her chosen charity.
As a painter, wood engraver, modeller and teacher, Ellis displayed a particular aptitude for capturing the speed and power of horses. Horsemen on a hillside from 1956, the oil on board shown here, is estimated at £500-700.
David Stanley Auctions is to disperse the fixtures and fittings of a Pulborough tool shop on September 16. The sale includes this impressive 42-drawer oak display unit estimated at £300-500.
This 1970s Omega Geneve Dynamic wristwatch with oval steel case, blue circular dial, white hours and minutes hand, and orange seconds hand has a guide of £400-600 at Wilson55 in Nantwich on September 16.
Construction firm director Sir William McAlpine was a renowned steam railways fan – so much so that he even had his own private line built at Fawley Hall, Buckinghamshire.
The six Victorian Furness Railway Company carved oak chairs pictured come from his collection and feature in The Transport Sale at Dreweatts in Newbury on September 21, estimated at £800-1200.
Goods traffic on the railway began in June 1846, with passenger services following later in August. Two of the chairs are stamped Gillows Lancaster. As the pre-eminent cabinetmaker in Lancashire, Gillows would have been the natural choice to supply furniture for the company’s premises.
Dreweatts says that while clocks, captain’s chairs, ‘Squirrel’ cast iron benches and other small furniture have appeared at auction before, other examples of these Furness Railway Company chairs seem to be unknown.
Reeman Dansie’s September 21-23 Fine Art auction in Colchester features East Anglian art and contains a collection of works by Bury St Edmunds-born Dame Elisabeth Frink (1930-93).
The group including bronzes, plaster maquettes and lithographs, is by descent from artist Peter Collins (1923-2001), a significant patron to Frink in her early career. Collins purchased many works at a time when she could not afford to cast her sculptures.
Frink’s bronze Bird sculpture, pictured here, bearing signature and dated ‘52 2/6, was cast posthumously with the assistance of the Frink Estate, taken from a plaster maquette purchased directly from the sculptor while she was still a student.
This work, which has never be seen at auction, relates closely to the 1952 Bird purchased the following year by The Tate which ‘launched’ her career.
This Victorian mahogany collectors cabinet on offer at Mallams in Cheltenham on September 16 comes complete with draws full of an eclectic array of items.
They range from microscope slides from Dr SH Robinson, intaglio moulds, Quartz crystals, agate cameos and mother of pearl shells to 1851 and 1862 exhibition tickets, a Chinese oval jade plaque, Bronze Age looped spearhead, a serrated dagger end, a bronze age dagger, four Egyptian flints and an Eskimo comb, purportedly brought to England on board HMS Hecla, the third expedition to the Canadian Arctic, which took place from May 1824 to October 1825 and was commanded by William Edward Parry.
This pair of English enamel stirrup cups c.1820-30 in the form of hound heads with brown ears and speckled decoration is guided at £400-600 at Bishop & Miller’s timed online sale ending in Stowmarket on September 26.
A sale of silver, watches and jewellery at Elstob & Elstob in Ripon on September 18 includes, estimated at £6000-8000, this Victorian 60oz silver and parcel gilt replica of the Saddlers’ Company ‘Lee’ tankard.
Marked for John Barnard, London 1895, it is inscribed In commemoration of the Charter granted by Richard II to the Saddlers Company, 20th Mar. 1395, Richard James Nicholls, 1895.