A Rhenish saltglaze stoneware masked jug or bartmannskrug - £32,000 asking price at E&H Manners at the Masterpiece fair.

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This 10½in (26cm) Rhenish saltglaze stoneware masked jug or bartmannskrug (above)  carries the coat of arms of Elizabeth I and is dated 1598.

At the time huge quantities of German stoneware made by potters in Frechen and Cologne was shipped to England along with the light white wine that was popular at court so it is tempting to think that this vessel might have bought the best of the 1598 vintage to the queen at one of her palaces at Whitehall and Richmond.

With an earlier provenance to Alice de Rothschild (1847-1922) of Waddesdon fame, it is priced at £32,000 by London ceramics dealership E&H Manners at the Masterpiece fair.


An Italian maiolica berettino dish attributed to the workshop of Pietro Bergantini, Faenza – a low five-figure sum asking price at Raccanello Leprince during London Art Week.

Exhibiting at Shapero Rare Books as part of London Art Week, Raccanello Leprince is a specialist in Renaissance pottery. This 10in (25cm) Italian maiolica berettino dish decorated with a seated putto playing a lira da braccio c.1520-30 is attributed to the workshop of Pietro Bergantini, Faenza.

It is priced at a low five-figure sum.


A glass tumbler and case - estimate £1000-1500 at Tennants.

This glass tumbler, engraved with a crowned N over a band of diamond cutting, contained in a tooled leather cylindrical travelling case is of a type that accompanied Napoleon on campaign.

According to the Fondation Napoleon, which holds a similar example in its collection, these glasses would probably have been used during Napoleon’s last campaigns of 1814 and 1815, and only a handful of other examples are known. This example, from a family collection in the northwest of England, has an estimate of £1000-1500 at The Summer Fine Sale at Tennants in Leyburn on July 16.

The glass was made by Montcenis, the crystal manufacturer established in 1787 who produced the majority of the glassware for the imperial household, as they had for the monarchs of the Ancien Régime.


Solitaire service c.1785 - estimate £20,000-30,000 at Bonhams.

When Domenico Venuti became director of the Naples porcelain factory in 1779, he broke radically with any lingering Rococo sentiments and embraced the new neoclassical style that was sweeping Europe. The services he designed were painted with views of Naples and scenes of newly excavated sites such as Herculaneum (1738) and Pompeii (1740).

It is likely that the print sources for this solitaire service, c.1785, come from the drawings of Naples and its surroundings made by the Abbé de Saint Non (Jean-Claude Richard de Saint-Non) for the Real Fabbrica Ferdinandea some years earlier. The set, all with crowned RFR in red to the reverse, comes in its original leather case. At the Bonhams Grand Tour themed sale on July 14 it is estimated at £20,000-30,000.


Sèvres part tea service commissioned by the Marquis del Campo - estimate £60,000-80,000 at Bonhams.

This remarkable Sèvres part tea service was part of a larger service, now mostly in the Royal Collection, that was commissioned by the Spanish ambassador, the Marquis del Campo, for a gala held in name of the King of Spain on June 9, 1789 to celebrate the recovery of George III from illness. Queen Charlotte, accompanied by her daughters, was the guest of honour at the gala at the Ranelagh Gardens, Chelsea.

The service closely corresponds precisely with one purchased by the marchand-mercier, Dominique Daguerre. Each piece was inscribed with a motto or the royal cypher.

Differing accounts exist of how it was separated after the gala although according to tradition these 24 pieces came by descent from Mary, Duchess of Gloucester (1776-1857) and then to Prince George, Duke of Cambridge (1819-1904).

It has an estimate of £60,000-80,000 at Bonhams’ July 7 sale titled 500 Years of European Ceramics.