The Asian Art sale at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on March 16 includes this 18th century Chinese imari pattern barber’s bowl (pictured top) from a private collection in London.
Twenty years before Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary conquered Mount Everest, a British team set out to fly over and photograph the top of the peak for the first time.
The Houston-Mount Everest flight expedition led to a successful pass over the mountain by Sir Douglas Douglas-Hamilton and David McIntyre on April 3, 1933, followed by a second flight on April 19 as dust had inhibited clear photography on the first.
The pictures taken later helped Hillary’s expedition reach the summit.
A 103-page leather-bound notebook containing cuttings from British and Indian newspapers and magazines chronicling the successful flights comes up for sale at Argyll Etkin in London on March 10. Compiled by Stephen Smith, honorary secretary of The Indian Air Mail Society, it also contains original photographs, stamped envelopes and signatures of expedition members. The estimate is £10,000-12,000.
This large 19in (42cm) art pottery vase with a marbled glaze is signed for the Sunflower Pottery run by Sir Edmund Harry Elton, 8th Baronet (1846-1920) in Clevedon, Somerset. It is estimated at £80-120 in an East Bristol Auctions timed online sale ending on March 13.
This 19th century Scottish gold and polished hardstone vinaigrette (unmarked) comes for sale at Elstob & Elstob in Ripon on March 11 with an estimate of £2500-3500.
This 19th century set of four large Barbedienne-cast high relief bronze plaques after Luca Della Robbia (1400-82) is estimated at £3000-5000 at Rogers Jones in Cardiff on March 16.
Provenanced to a deceased estate, they comprise ‘the lute players and dancers’, ‘the zither players and dancers’, ‘the drummers and dancers’ and ‘the trumpeters and dancers’. Each 21 x 19½in (54 x 50cm) panel is signed F Barbedienne and set with twin suspension rings.
They are modelled after the figure panels in the Cantoria (singing loft) produced in 1431-38 (Della Robbia’s first known commission) at the Mueso dell’Opera del Duomo, Florence.
Baldwin’s coin auction in London on March 10 features one of the very first gold Islamic coins: the Arab-Byzantine, temp, a coin (less than 10 are known) issued under Abd al-Malik (685-705) when the Muslim armies of the Umayyad Caliphate swept westwards along the north coast of Africa at the end of the 7th century.
Based on the Heraclius solidus common to this former outpost of the Byzantine empire, it replaced Christian symbolism with trefoils and the legends on both sides are truncated Latinised versions of the Islamic declaration of faith.
This ‘extremely fine’ coin is guided at £10,000-15,000.
This Victorian silver and enamel combination vesta case by Alfred Fuller, London 1887, incorporates a penknife, propelling pencil and button hook. Enamelled with a horse-racing scene at full gallop, it is also engraved for the retailer H Lews of 72 New Bond Street.
Estimated at £600-800, it is part of a group of vesta cases offered by Dix Noonan Webb in Mayfair on March 15.
This watercolour and ink by Peter Markham Scott (1909-89) depicts one of the artist-conservationist’s favourite subjects, Barnacle Geese.
Signed and dated 1982, the 4 x 7in (11 x 18cm) sketch with a provenance to The Street Gallery, Somerset, 2006, has a guide of £400-600 at Parker Fine Art Auctions in Farnham on March 10.
Stephen Duckworth began collecting Victorian Staffordshire pottery religious figures while at university in the 1950s.
Like many Methodists, he began with figures of John Wesley but his passion extended to a wider range of themed figures, many of them pictured in his book Victorian Staffordshire Pottery Religious Figures – Stories on the Mantelpiece (2017).
Fifteen figures from the Duckworth collection will be offered in Hansons’ Connoisseur Staffordshire Figures auction in Etwall, Derbyshire, on March 11 including this pair of portrait figures of Moody and Sankey. Dwight Lynam Moody (1837-99) was an American evangelist who visited England in 1873 and 1883 with Ira Sankey (1840-1908), an American gospel singer. The figures dating from the 1873 tour have a guide of £500-600.
Duckworth’s figures are among 200 lots in the auction, all from private collections.
This sabretache for an officer of the 8th Kings Royal Irish Hussars retains its original maker’s label for Hamburger & Co, 30 King Street, Covent Garden, London. Lacemakers to the King. Offered in its contemporary storage tin, it is estimated to bring £800-1200 at Bamfords in Derby on March 14.
This bar of British army issue soap with original wrapper dated 1917 comes for sale at Ashley Waller in Lower Withington, Cheshire, on March 16-17 with an estimate of £15-20.
A single-owner collection of field sporting memorabilia at Duke’s in Dorchester on March 17 includes this Farlow & Co, London, oak fly reservoir with four lift-out fly trays and a quantity of more than 70 trout and gut-tied salmon flies.
This Edison Electric Pen is one of two examples at Dominic Winter in South Cerney on March 10.
Introduced to the public in 1876, Edison’s pen could be used to make multiple copies of handwritten documents. A reciprocating needle driven by a small motor creates a perforated paper stencil that could then be placed in a frame where ink would be applied. It became obsolete by the introduction of the first mass-produced typewriters.
Phoebe Stabler created a number of the earliest figures for Doulton’s HN series. This rare 8in (21cm) model titled Sleep (HN24) dates from c.1913. It has a guide of £600-1200 at Potteries Auctions in Stoke-on-Trent on March 10-12.
Two moveable picture books by German illustrator Lothar Meggendorfer (1847-1925) are on offer at Keys’ Book Sale in Aylsham on March 16-17.
This third edition of Aus dem Leben, Lustiges Ziehbilderbuch (‘Taken From Life, An Amusing Picturebook’) is dated 1885, and features eight full-page cold tab-operated moveables, all of which are in working order. The volume has its original cloth-backed pictorial boards, and has a contemporary inscription on the front pastedown.
The second volume, the sixth edition of Neue Thierbilder, Ein Ziehbilderbuch (‘New Animal Pictures’), dated 1887, also includes eight full-page cold tab-operated moveables. Most are in working order, although one or two moving parts are detached.
Aus dem Leben… has an estimate of £400-600; Neue Thierbilder… £100-150.
The practice of collecting matchboxes is known as phillumeny. And among the best examples of the form are those produced in Japan from the late 19th century until the Second World War. Matches were a key export for Japan and its labels married together Western and Japanese styles.
A collection has a guide of £150-200 at James & Sons in Fakenham on March 16. The group of more than 200 different designs mounted in a paper album, includes pictorial silk labels for brands such as The Tiger, Congo Belge, Red Line and Cherry Blossom.