The contents of Landwade Hall, near Newmarket, home of the late Simon Gibson, go under the hammer at Cheffins in Cambridge on September 29-30.
Gibson’s wealth was inherited from his great uncle, shipping magnate and philanthropist Sir William Tatem (1868-1942), known also as the 1st Baron Glanely, who purchased Landwade Hall in 1938 to complement his recent acquisition of nearby Exning House and Lagrange Stables.
A number of lots follow an equestrian theme. Shown above is the original watercolour for the famous print Once upon a Time by Charles ‘Snaffles’ Johnson Payne, (British 1884-1967), guided at £6000-9000.
On September 30 Dix Noonan Webb sells the collection of British tokens formed by specialist American dealer Bill McKivor (1940-2021).
Seattle born and bred, he retired from a career in newspapers in 2000 to focus on numismatics. He was well known in the token collecting community on both sides of the Atlantic as a dealer who bought and sold at all levels of the market.
Estimated at £500-700 is this rare copper twopence token issued by William Upcott of Devon in 1801. It shows the Eddystone and Spurn Point lighthouses.
A private collection of vintage radios will be sold in 60 lots at Tennants in Leyburn on September 29. Included is this rare Ekco type RS3 ‘Willow Trees’ consolette wireless receiver (estimate £150-200) with its stylish tree-shaped speaker fretwork.
A small group of prints by The Rolling Stones’ guitarist Ronnie Wood (b.1947) will be offered at Folkestone saleroom Grand Auctions on September 27.
Like other members of the Stones, Wood studied art as a young man – in his case at Ealing College of Art. He carried on painting throughout his music career, producing Expressionist-style portraits, including of fellow band members and close friends, as well as abstract landscapes.
One of the prints shows the late Charlie Watts alongside bass player Darryl Jones. Titled Tight Section, the signed 19½ x 16½in (50 x 41cm) screenprint comes from Wood’s 2008 Paint it Black suite made in an edition of 295. This copy is estimated at £400-600.
Six books inscribed by Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) come to auction at Sworders as part of an online sale ending on September 26. They are being sold by descendants of WJP Burton, the principal of a school sited in the Nightingale family home in Derbyshire. Sold as a single lot, they have expectations of £3000-5000.
The textbooks on subjects such as geology, history and botany were given – seemingly second-hand – by Nightingale to the school in her later years.
In an 1893 copy of Macmillan’s Geology she wrote in pencil Mr Burton, with Florence Nightingale’s congratulations on the good he is doing, Christmas, 1897, while in a two-volume printing of Alfred Mahan’s The Influence of Sea Power on the French Revolution (1892) she had inscribed Mr. Burton, Lea Board School, with Florence Nightingale’s grateful acknowledgements for the good he is doing. The presentation dates range from January 1884 to December 1888.
Burton was the principal of Lea Board School in Holloway, Derbyshire, which was sited in Lea Hurst, the former Nightingale family home built by William Edward Nightingale (1794-1874) on inherited lands in 1825.
Florence (who was born in Italy and took the name of her city of birth) had grown up at Lea Hurst – the family invariably spent the summer there and the winter at Embley Park, Hampshire – and she retained a strong connection with the property school, later joining the school board.
Chippenham automobilia specialist Richard Edmunds sells a private collection of RAC and AA badges, mascots and literature on September 24.
The many badges includes this rare ‘Stenson Cooke’ or frying pan design, c.1910-11, with the highly unusual feature of a detachable brass flag, secured with a padlock and key.
A pennant on top of the badge’s circle signified that the owner was a member of the Automobile Association Committee.
Since these AA badges officially belonged to the membership club, they were supposed to be returned when membership ended.
Stamford Auction Rooms in Lincolnshire expects this 19th century Cantagalli dish painted in the Isnik style to bring £500-700 on September 25. Decorated in blue, manganese, turquoise and green, it has a Cantagalli cockerel mark to the base.
This is one of only 50 first state proof copies of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban issued to a select readership in 1999. The text here is in a noticeably earlier state than that which appeared in the second state proof or the final published version.
It has a guide of £2000-3000 at Forum Auctions’ Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper sale in London on September 30.
An overseas collection of Regency porcelain deemed the finest at auction in living memory is to be offered as The Twinight Collection at Bonhams on September 29.
The 103-lot sale represents the very best products of all the great factories of the late 18th and early 19th century including Copeland and Garrett, Swansea, Derby and the Worcester firms of Chamberlain and Flight, Barr and Barr.
Bonhams head of British ceramics and glass Fergus Gambon said: “I have never come across a collection of British porcelain from the Regency era of such quality and variety. This is a once in a generation sale.”
This Flight, Barr and Barr Worcester cabinet cup and stand, c.1814-16, is painted by Thomas Baxter with a portrait of George III to one side and figure of Britannia standing at the bow of a ship to the reverse. In order to frame his fine miniature paintings, it is likely that Baxter also designed the ‘jewelled’ borders.
A timed online Welsh themed sale held by Rogers Jones of Cardiff until September 26 includes this 9in (22cm) porcelain veilleuse (teapot and warming stand).
Although probably made in England c.1820, it is decorated with Welsh and Irish views including Oystermouth Castle and Mumbles Head and Glenmire Bridge, Cork. The painter may have been Philip Ballard, working at the London workshop of J Bradley & Co, c.1820, who produced similar scenes on Swansea porcelain.
This George III silver brandy warming pan with turned wooden handle has marks for John Hampston & John Prince of York, 1790.
With some old repair to the base it has a guide of £400-600 at Michael J Bowman’s sale in Newton Abbot on September 25.
The London fishing tackle maker Onesimus Ustonson (1736- 83) is best known as the inventor of the multiplying reel. He supplied fishing tackle to the naturalist Joseph Banks for the second voyage of James Cook, 1772-75.
This Onesimus Ustonson winch from the pre-1820 period is one of the most well-documented early English brass reels. Owner Graham Turner covers it in extensive detail in his 2009 book Fishing Tackle.
It comes for sale at Angling Auctions of Romsey, Hampshire, on October 2 with a guide of £6000-9000.
Gardiner Houlgate will offer The Contents of a Georgian Property at the Corsham, Bath, saleroom on September 24.
Estimated at £1500-2500 is this matched pair of 19th century ebony and burr yew fold-over card tables set with a frieze of floral porcelain circular medallions within gilt metal mounts.
The tables (one with a single stretcher, the other with a double) were purchased separately, one at the Bruton Knowles sale of the Sir Charles Irving collection in 1995.
A Beatles-themed sale at Omega in Newton-Le-Willows, Merseyside, on September 28 includes this rare ‘Tele-Aquarium’.
One of the rarer items of Beatles merchandise, these were made in the early 1960s by K Products of Blackpool with a 3D-style image of the Fab Four lit by an electric light fitting. Note the rare image of a youthful Paul McCartney complete with cigarette in hand.
The Books, Maps, Manuscripts & Photography sale at Lawrences of Crewkerne on September 23 includes, estimated at £2000-3000, this first edition copy of Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: with Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects (1792).
Affixed to the marbled endpapers are newspaper clippings from January 1885 discussing the authenticity of a portrait of Wollstonecraft by William Opie then recently purchased by the National Gallery.
The sale at Lodge & Thomas’ Truro saleroom on September 30-October 1 includes two Polynesian clubs.
The one illustrated here, pictured against the backdrop of a Fijian tapa cloth, which is also in the sale, is a Fijian totokia melanesia club with exceptional patination, estimated at £600-1000. The other example, a Tongan moungalaulau with geometric decoration, will be offered with a similar estimate.