Stuart Devlin surprise egg marked for London 1977 – estimate £2500-3500 at Olympia Auctions.

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The European Works of Art auction at Olympia Auctions in London on June 1 includes a group of eight surprise eggs by Stuart Devlin.

This particularly deluxe example in gold set with gems marked for London 1977 (shown above) is estimated at £2500-3500. or view this item at


Lucie Rie vase – estimate £8000-12,000 at Maak.

The Modern + Contemporary Sale at studio ceramics specialist Maak on May 26 includes this Lucie Rie vase.

It is one of two pieces that have been consigned by a fellow potter who brought them from the Ceramic Form exhibition at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, in 1975 when they exhibited together.

Listed in the catalogue at the time at £75, the estimate for this one is £8000-12,000.


An 18th century sampler made by Martha Hayter in 1741 – estimate £800-1200 at Tennants.

Shown here is an 18th century sampler made by Martha Hayter in 1741. The Band Sampler, thus named as the decorative stitches and text are worked in bands, features figures known as ‘boxers’ due to their pose with arms raised in front of their faces in a fighting stance. However, this motif actually represents suitors carrying a flower aloft for their sweetheart.

The sampler, which is worked in silks, is offered with an estimate of £800-1200 at Tennants of Leyburn, North Yorkshire, in the Costume, Accessories and Textiles Sale on May 28.

Also of note is an Adam and Eve Sampler, worked by Maria Phillis Indermaur in 1799 when she was nine years old (estimate £200-300). Maria was born in Southwark, to the south of the Thames, in 1790 and died in Norfolk in 1850. or view this item at


Art Deco brooch attributed to Cartier – estimate £3500-4500 at Fellows.

The Fine Jewellery sale at Fellows in Birmingham on May 26 includes this Art Deco platinum and 18ct gold citrine and circular-cut diamond brooch, attributed to Cartier.

Estimate £3500-4500. or view this item at

When auctioneer Stuart Purcell began cataloguing a box of 50 glass stereoscope slides he expected to see views of landscapes and monuments, the usual subjects.

Instead he saw rock climbers wearing tweed suits and flatcaps and, in one case, a skirt.

Many of the slides had paper labels for G.P. Abraham, F.R.P.S. Photo, Keswick and handwritten captions showing they were taken in the mountains of the Lake District and north Wales. One slide was dated Xmas Day. Keswick. 1899.

The photographs were taken by George Abraham or one of his two sons George and Ashley. The trio often climbed together and produced the first photographs of rock climbers in action.

The slides are estimated at €300-500 in the Collector’s Cabinet auction at Irish saleroom Mullen’s in Bray, Co Dublin, on May 28. or view this item at


Disc-playing Adler music box – estimate £6000-8000 at Plymouth Auction Rooms.

This disc-playing music box is one of three examples coming up at Plymouth Auction Rooms which were purchased by the owner in Leipzig some 30 years go.

Pictured here is the Adler, set with 65.50cm discs and complete with its original disc bin. This cabinet box is set with its original Adler etched glass door and also has a five pfennig slot mechanism.

Standing 7ft 9in (2.35m) tall in a walnut cabinet, it is estimated at £6000-8000 on June 8.


Egyptian revival lion stool – estimate £300-500 at Locke & England.

This Egyptian revival lion stool with spelter lion mask and snakeskin upholstery was probably made following the Tutankhamun tomb discovery. It is expected to bring £300-500 at Locke & England in Leamington Spa on May 26. or view this item at


Pair of Staffordshire greyhounds depicting two well-known Victorian prize-winners – estimate £300-500 at Kinghams.

This pair of Staffordshire greyhounds depicts two well-known Victorian prize-winners. Master Grath, owned by Lord Lurgan, won the Waterloo Cup of 1871 defeating Pretender to claim his third title.

The pair has an estimate of £300-500 when Kinghams of Moreton-in-Marsh sells the Harry Ryans collection of Staffordshire pottery on May 28. The auction house describes it as one of the largest private collections of 19th century Staffordshire chimney ornaments to come up at auction in recent years, comprising a menagerie of animals plus historical, military and sporting figures. or view this item at


Mahogany RAF single fusee operations room sector clock dated 1941 – estimate £3000-4000 at Gardiner Houlgate.

This mahogany RAF single fusee operations room sector clock dated 1941 has a guide of £3000-4000 at the Clocks sale at Gardiner Houlgate in Corsham, Bath on May 26.

Owned by the vendor for over 20 years, it was purchased from a British man who was stationed in the operations room at RAF Nicosia in Cyprus from 1954-55 where this clock is believed to have been situated. The base, which played a key role during the Suez conflict of the 1950s, later became Nicosia International Airport. or view this item at


Watercolour by Eugene Boudin signed with initials and inscribed Low Tide – estimate £1200-1800 at Thomas R Callan.

This 4½ x 8½in (11 x 22cm) watercolour by Eugene Boudin (1824-98), signed with initials and inscribed Low Tide, has a guide of £1200-1800 at Thomas R Callan in Ayr on May 27-28. It has labels verso for Beaux Arts, London, and Pearson and Westergaard, Glasgow. or view this item at


Edwardian silver cigarette box by William Comyns & Sons, London 1902 – estimate £1000-1500 at Sworders.

This 9in (22cm) wide Edwardian silver cigarette box by William Comyns & Sons, London 1902, is enamelled to the lid with a racehorse and jockey up. The presentation inscription says the horse is Marpessa – winner of the £1000 National Hunt Steeplechase at Warwick in March 1902.

It has a guide of £1000-1500 at Sworders’ Sporting Art sale in Stansted Mountfitchet on May 31. or view this item at


George II carved walnut open armchair – estimate £30,000-50,000 at Dreweatts.

This George II carved walnut open armchair is similar to a set supplied by Daniel Bell and Thomas Moore in 1734 to the ‘Honourable Counsellor Rider’ of Sandon Hall, Stafford, at a cost of £27.10. 00.

The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840 (1986) by Geoffrey Beard and Christopher Gilbert records Bell as a St Martin’s Lane cabinetmaker who was in partnership with Thomas Moore from 1724. Moore may have been a son of the royal cabinetmaker James Moore.

The chair, with a retailer’s label for Norman Adams, come for sale from a London private collection at Dreweatts’ Fine Furniture, Sculpture, Carpets, Ceramics and Works of Art sale in Donnington Priority, Newbury on May 30-31. The auction is on view at Kirtlington Park, Oxfordshire.

Estimate £30,000-50,000. or view this item at


Watercolour scene of anthropomorphic dogs by French artist and cartoonist Boris O’Klein – estimate £400-600 at Michael Bowman.

Anthropomorphic dogs getting up to mischief was a favourite subject of French artist and cartoonist Boris O’Klein (1893-1985). This watercolour scene of anthropomorphic dogs urinating against a wall – one of them taking aim at a cat – is one known from prints.

At Michael Bowman, in Newton Abbot, Devon, on May 28 it us expected to bring £400-600. or view this item at


George III neoclassical silver gilt sauce boat with later applied cast decoration – estimate £500-800 at Duggleby Stephenson.

This 20oz George III neoclassical silver gilt sauce boat has later applied cast decoration of angels, masks, flowers and foliage.

Marked for London maker Thomas Chawner, 1783, it was last sold by Sotheby’s as part of the contents of Easton Neston on behalf of the Hesketh family in 2005.

At Duggleby Stephenson in York on May 27 is estimated at £500-800. or view this item at


A 1927 watercolour design by Harry Clarke for a church memorial window – estimate €6000-10,000 at Adam’s.

The Important Irish Art sale at Adam’s of Dublin on June 1 includes this 1927 watercolour by Harry Clarke (1889-1931). The 14 x 9in (35 x 22cm) design depicting St Hubert, St Luke and St George was for the Brooke memorial window at St Brigid’s Church of Ireland, Castleknock.

Raymond Brooke had commissioned Clarke to create a window to commemorate military, hunting and artistic members of his family. In May 1927 when the commission had been confirmed Clarke noted in his diary: “Bear in mind to give the maximum light and rich colour. Excellent light and position. Will stand rich colour and treatment. Subjects in base could be seen.”

With labels for Grants Fine Art Gallery and The Fine Art Society, the watercolour is guided at €6000-10,000. or view this item at