Dreweatts is offering a market-fresh Henry Moore (1898-1986) figural group sculpture, Mother and Child (pictured above), on March 16.
The Berkshire saleroom says: “After two years of working with the Henry Moore Foundation and the family of the owner, former publisher and editor of The Architectural Review magazine, Hubert de Cronin Hastings (1902-86), the sculpture has now been authenticated.”
The foundation was able to link the work to a 1939 sketch of the sculpture by Moore already held in its records, titled Eighteen Ideas for Sculpture.
The sculpture is believed to have been gifted to Hastings directly by Moore, as they met through The Architectural Review, via Moore’s friend Jim Richards, assistant editor of the magazine at the time. He had befriended the artist after writing an article on his work for the magazine in 1934. It was passed down by Hastings to his son John in the 1970s, remaining on his mantlepiece among an eclectic mixture of objects until he died in 2019.
The work is cast in lead, which was a material Moore used only for a short period in the 1930s, during a time when he was experimenting with other materials such as string and wire for his series of stringed sculptures. Mother and Child is believed to be a preliminary design for one of these.
Newly formed Sloane Street Auctions holds its first sale in Chelsea on February 24.
This oil on canvas of exotic birds in a landscape by Jakob Bogdani (1658-1724) comes in an 18th century carved frame. The ’Property of a gentleman’, it has a guide of £8000-12,000.
Fine art dealer Daniel Hunt launched his business at 69 Lower Sloane Street (ATG No 2527).
A Banksy screenprint, Bomb Hugger, will be offered at Grand Auctions in Folkestone on February 21.
Released in 2003 as part of a protest against the invasion of Iraq, the print was released in editions of 600 unsigned copies and 150 signed. The example in Folkestone which comes from a local collection is one of the 600 and, crucially, comes with a certificate from Banksy’s authentication service Pest Control.
Measuring 2ft 4in x 19.75in (70 x 50cm), it is estimated at £20,000-30,000.
W&H Peacock in Bedford is offering the contents of the studio of the late Tim Threlfall (1940-99) on February 18. More than 100 works are included in the sale spanning the sculptor’s career from the 1960s-90s. This 2ft 7in (77cm) grey stone sculpture, c.1969, is guided at £600-1000.
An autograph book bearing the signatures of members of the 1933 West Indies cricket team, which toured England that year, is estimated at £500-800 at the Hansons sale in Teddington, south-west London, on February 26. They played three test matches, losing two and drawing one. In all, the side played 30 first-class matches, winning five and losing nine.
It was discovered in a in a box of magazines found in a loft in nearby Richmond.
The opening page bears the name and address of its original owner: Richard Fothergill of Barnes, which is also close to Richmond.
The peripatetic life of the 19th century Irish painter George Chinnery (1774-1852) took him from the Tipperary of his birth to London, then to Serampore in West Bengal via Madras, Calcutta and Dacca. Fleeing his creditors, he arrived in Macau in 1825 and made the island his home until his death in 1852.
He became fascinated by the artistic possibilities of Macau’s shoreline and the local tradespeople going about their everyday lives. One of his paintings on this theme, A Tanka boat dwelling with Tanka boatwomen and pigs, Macau (shown above), leads the Travel and Exploration sale at Bonhams Knightsbridge on March 2.
Tennants’ 20th Century Design sale in Leyburn on February 26 includes this set of four Anglo-Japanese ebonised beech side chairs designed by Edward William Godwin (1833-86) and retailed by William Wyatt. They will be sold individually, each with an estimate of £1000-1500.
The chairs have two different patterns to the lattice backs, the design of which was included in Susan Soros’ monograph on the designer.
Among the boxed Dinky Toys at Lacy Scott & Knight’s toy sale in Bury St Edmunds on February 18 is this No.64 Aeroplane Set, comprising of 60G DH Comet Aeroplane, No 62A Vickers Supermarine, No 62K The Kings Aeroplane, No 62M Airspeed Envoy Aeroplane, No 62S Hawker Hurricane and No 63B Mercury Seaplane.
It is guided at £400-500.
This 1960s Troika Pottery tray decorated with central geometric medallion and blue wash decoration around is marked to the rear Troika St Ives and has an SV decorator’s mark for Sylvia Vallence.
Vallence was a decorator at the pottery in St Ives, Cornwall, from 1967-69. The firm moved to Newlyn in 1970.
The estimate is £100-200 at Rendells of Stonepark, Ashburton, Devon, on February 17-18.
The Five Centuries sale at Lyon & Turnbull on February 23-24 features items from Borders property Kimmerghame, Duns, home of the Swinton family. The estate of Major General Sir John Swinton includes some notable British and Continental works of art led by this 15th century Venetian enamel charger.
Although Venice, a melting pot of Eastern and Western influences during the Renaissance, was a major centre for the production of enamels on copper, only a few hundred pieces are known in private collections and museums.
Many of the surviving examples were clearly for use in a religious context. However, this 11in (28cm) dish with its central silver and green armorial (see detail) indicates it was commissioned by an aristocratic family.
The estimate is £30,000-50,000.
A sale of jewellery, watches and luxury items at Kinghams in Moreton-in-Marsh on February 18 includes this pair of 1960s ,14ct gold sapphire and brilliant-cut diamond spray clip earrings.
Signed for Dan Frere, they are guided at £600-800 in this Gloucestershire auction.
Duke’s Interiors Auction on February 24 includes property from The Estate of the late Joanna Sebag-Montefiore of Crown House, Cerne Abbas.
Pictured here is a Regency mahogany library wing armchair, early 19th century, the swept back upholstered in a green leather, on front tapering and fluted legs, terminating on brass castors.
Measuring 3ft 7in high x 2ft 11in deep x 2ft 7in wide (1.08m x 88cm x 80cm), it is estimated at £500-1000 in this Dorchester sale.
A watercolour and pencil work by John Betjeman (1906-84) which is dedicated and inscribed with the original draft of the poem A Bay in Anglesey is estimated at £4000-6000 at Surrey saleroom Parker Fine Art Auctions on March 10. Dated 1963, it was produced for a family with whom Betjeman was staying in Anglesey.
The poem was first published in the Cornhill Magazine’s winter 1964- 65 issue (a literary journal with some renowned contributors) and subsequently in a collection of poems titled High and Low, 1966. The first print run was 16,100 copies, with more printed the same month, and yet more in January 1967, 1969 and 1975. It is one of a number of his poems to be set to music (voice and piano) by Madeleine Dring.
The 7¾ x 9in (19.5 x 23cm) sketch of Anglesey Bay is annotated in Betjeman’s hand with details of colours such as grey and green, yellow, gold-grey and green.
It includes a signpost saying To the Meyricks, pointing left out of the picture. Betjeman believed he was a descendant of the Meyrick family, who lived at Bodorgan Hall in south-west Anglesey.
More than 30 19th century ‘skit’ notes will offered by Dix Noonan Webb as part of a banknotes sale on February 24.
Skit notes generally mirror designs of real banknotes of the era: they were made as adverts, to make political points, as amusing gifts or as trade vouchers. This example made for William Mendham’s Tea Warehouse in Ipswich in 1803 promises to pay the bearer five shillings on demand. Estimate £240-300.
The first Dandy comic was published by DC Thomson in December 1937 and it revolutionised childrens’ reading from text stories to fully illustrated comic strips, including Korky the Cat, Desperate Dan, Keyhole Kate and Freddy the Fearless Fly.
Only 25 issues are known to have survived and the Dandy comic No 1, shown here, is estimated at £3000-3500 in a Comic Book Auctions timed online sale closing on February 27.
The next antiques and collectables auction at Smiths of Newent on February 17-18 sale includes a selection of medals and militaria.
Pictured is a First World War recruitment poster depicting the Union Jack with the words It’s Our Flag, Fight for it, Work for it. The poster is described as being in excellent condition for its age and is estimated at £300-500.