An unusual theatre-linked collection is on offer at Cumbrian saleroom 1818 Auctioneers.
It belongs to octogenarian Walter Johnston, from the Furness peninsula, who performed on the London stage and later lectured on musical theatre, literature and antiques.
After completing his National Service in the Royal Army Medical Corps, Johnston stayed in the south to study at Harefield Hospital. But he was also drawn to the theatre and to acting and was trained in singing and dancing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He went on to perform at the 20th Century Theatre and the Rudolph Steiner Theatre.
Over 30 lots from his collection form part of a 232-lot timed online sale that closes on July 31.
Shown here is a hand-painted silk costume from Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol at Covent Garden. Thought to be from the first production and painted by Matisse, it is estimated at £800-1200.
Over 40 lots of silver from Wood Hall in Hilgay, Norfolk, will go under the hammer at Cheffins in Cambridge on August 4.
The estate was bought by the Stocks family in 1879 and has remained in the same family until recently, the last incumbents being the Charlesworth family, who inherited the house and land in 1974 from Major Eric Stocks.
This suite of three Victorian silver jardinières, pictured above, has an estimate of £1000-2000.
A pair of JJ Kandler Meissen bouquetière figures dating from c.1745 which were once part of the Jorg Nelte collection are among nearly 700 lots which make up Keys’ three day Summer Fine Sale from July 27-29.
The two figures, a male in a turquoise hat, indianische blumen costume and yellow breeches and a companion female figure in a black scarf, lemon yellow bodice and puce cuffs, last came to auction at Christies in 1995.
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An extensive private Scottish Highlands gentleman’s library of natural history with a particular focus on botany spanning 18th to early 20th century, including some of the most notable works published during that period, is coming up at McTear’s in Glasgow on August 10.
Shown here, estimated at £500-1000, is HC Andrews’ The Botanist’s Repositary Vols 1-5, comprising coloured engravings of new and rare plants only with botanical descriptions, published in London, late 18th/early 19th century, perished bindings.
The inaugural Vintage Fashion & Textiles auction at Ewbank’s on July 28 includes this 1930s Lincoln Bennett & Co fine fur felt top hat in original leather case.
The Cotswold Auction Company is offering a Pilkingtons Lancastrian St George and the Dragon charger in Cheltenham on August 9.
This blue-ground lustre piece was designed by Walter Crane and painted by William Slater Mycock with date mark XI 1911.
To the base of the (48.5cm) diameter charger the marks include WSM in monogram, the P and bee mark and no 2477. The front border bears the shield mark of Sir Walter Crane, one of the most influential book illustrators of the 19th century, who was also a founder member of the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society.
It was found in a property by two brothers, whose mother had died recently. The family hailed from the Potteries and it is believed that the piece was given to an aunt as a wedding present. As a family heirloom it had hung in its latest home for at least 60 years.
Duke’s Interiors Auction in Dorchester on July 28 includes this Japanese Imari garlic nouth vase, late 18th/early 19th century, of classic form of decorated floral sprays and pomegranates. It measures 9½in (24cm) high.
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The sale at London poster specialist Antikbar on July 30 includes, estimated at £300-600, this original 1930s Bauhaus poster.
It promotes the publication of a novel Nachte Neben Der Tur (Nights Next To The Door) in the popular national magazine Kolnische Illustrierte Zeitung (KIZ).
An inherited collection of ancient and modern silver is for sale at Charterhouse in the specialist sale of silver, jewellery and watches in Sherborne on August 4.
The earliest piece of silver dates from when William and Mary were on the throne. A lidded tankard (above) of plain slightly tapering cylindrical form, assayed in London in 1692, is estimated at £2000-3000.
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The August 4 Cornish Art Sale at David Lay in Penzance includes this Harold Knight (1874-1961) portrait of fellow artist Robert Morson Hughes (1873-1953). Painted c.1915-16, it comes by descent from the sitter’s family with an estimate of £25,000-35,000.
Painting in the shadow of war in Europe, the austere portrait is a study for Knight’s 1916 Royal Academy exhibit The Council which similarly features Hughes with pint in hand.
Hughes and his wife Eleanor were fellow members of the artists’ group living in the Cornish village of Lamorna. They bought a parcel of land above the Lamorna Valley and designed and built their own home Chyangweal where (apart from a three-month loan to Penlee House in 2019) this picture has hung for over a century.
Knight’s friendship with other artists in the colony was fractured in 1916 when he received his call-up papers and took the decision not to fight.
The unique Second World War DSO, DSC, and posthumous Albert Medal group of eight awarded to Royal Navy Commander WR Marshall-A’Deane is estimated at £20,000-30,000 on July 27 at Noonans.
Marshall-A’Deane’s distinguished command of the destroyer HMS Greyhound came to a sudden end when she was bombed and sunk by German aircraft during the battle of Crete in May 1941.
He was among the survivors picked up by HMS Kandahar; however, later in the day HMS Fiji was sunk and Kandahar again went to the rescue. Commander Marshall-A’Deane dived overboard in the gathering darkness to rescue the men in the water. He was not seen again.
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The growing use of iron in the construction of ships affected the accuracy of the compass.
In response, the Scottish mathematician and physicist Sir William Thomson (1824- 1907) developed the binnacle to overcome this problem. He incorporated corrector magnets and iron spheres to counteract the effects of the ship’s iron and improved gimbals to keep the compass level.
This Victorian example in working condition comes for sale at Railtons in Wooler, Northumberland, on August 13 from a house in Cumbria.
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Retailed by Finnigans of New Bond Street, this French gilt-metal singing bird cigarette box is chased with floral scrolls, the hinged cover revealing a singing mechanical bird decorated with green, blue and pink feathers on a pierced gilt grille, with a drawer opening and closing in sequence with the musical mechanism.
The base is inscribed FINNIGANS NEW BOND STREET, LONDON and FRANCE, and the c.1900 box measuring 4 x 3 x 2½in (10 x 7 x 6cm), comes in a fitted leather retailer’s case with gilt-tooled monogram to the cover and winding key concealed within.
The estimate at Bellmans in Wisborough Green, West Sussex, in the August 2-5 sales series is £1000-1500.
Rare antique planes wrapped in a Tesco bag were among thousands of tools found at a house in Kent.
The single-owner collection of planes, chisels, rulers, saws, a lathe and more was amassed by a retired woodwork teacher over decades. He used to go to specialist auctions around the country and liked to buy high-quality tools from makers such as Norris, Preston, Howkins, Stanley and Marples.
Among the tools being auctioned on July 30 by Hansons in Teddington, London, is this G Entwistle gunmetal chariot plane, estimate £500-700.