This 18th century Chinese heavy bronze ‘dragon’ censer and cover (pictured above) is one of three lots on offer at Mallams from a vendor whose family had lived at the property known as Hazelwood in Shanghai, c.1930.
Hazelwood is a large classical property in Shanghai designed by Clough Williams-Ellis and is now on the site of the Radisson Xingguo Hotel. Mao Tse Tung is known to have used and stayed at the property.
The censer, of oval form with reticulated cover, on an hardwood (possibly huanghuali) stand, is estimated at £1000-2000 in the Asian Art auction in Cheltenham on November 9.
A timed online sale of Modern pictures and Decorative arts held by Halls of Shrewsbury ends on November 8.
Estimated at £150-200 is this Bromsgrove Guild enamelled bronze presentation key designed by Walter Gilbert (1871-1946). With engraved inscription dated August 1927 to Mr AH Burgess FRCS by AJ Murgatroyd FRIBA, it comes in a fitted Bromsgrove Guild case.
This George III mahogany ‘hutch’ breakfast table in the manner of Thomas Chippendale has a guide of £2500-3500 at The Pedestal, Henley-on-Thames on November 8.
A related table was supplied by Chippendale in 1759 to the Earl of Dumfries.
The form is described in The Gentleman and Cabinet- Makers Director (1754) where Chippendale suggests decorative wire work as an alternative to wooden fretwork. During the 18th century breakfast was generally taken in the bedroom. Open sides meant a servant could see used breakfast things and clear them away.
This hunting ‘stonebow’ marked for the Manchester gunmaker Thomas Conway has a guide of £2000-3000 at the Arms & Armour sale at Wilson55 in Nantwich on November 10. It comes with an original mahogany case with the owner’s name plate for Henry Burgess Springfield, Salford.
The bullet-shooting stonebow is a modified version of the crossbow, using bullets and stones as projectiles instead of the traditional quarrel. Popular with poachers due to the silent shooting, they reached the height of popularity from 1760-1810.
Conway had premises in various places in Manchester between 1803-52.
On November 12 Honiton firm Chilcotts is selling the studio collection of the artist and potter Lawson Rudge (b.1936).
Rudge trained first at Stourbridge Art College then the Royal College of Art where he was in the same year as David Hockney. The Raku-style crackle glaze finish to his ceramics was discovered by a happy accident. Using wet sawdust as a way of quickly cooling glass, he has tried the same with earthenware.
This ceramic group The Streaker is based on the famous photo of Australian Michael O’Brien who ran across the pitch naked at Twickenham during a rugby game between France and England in 1974.
It is one of 170 lots from Rudge’s studio in Morchard Bishop. Devon with estimates ranging from £50-200.
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Bonhams is selling the Chris Wynn collection of early Purdey guns on November 9.
The firm was began in 1814 under James Purdey and his son James the Younger. Among the 121 lots is this 16-bore percussion sporting rifle with serial number 2293 for 1832 that was made for Henry de la Poer Beresford, 3rd Marquess of Waterford (1811-59).
He was famously the man who gave the English language the expression ‘paint the town red’ after an incident in April 1837 when he and his drunken fox-hunting friends threw pots of paint at a toll keeper, a local constable and the toll house in Melton Mowbray. Next morning a contrite Waterford paid for all the damage and he and his fellow rioters were fined £100 each at Derby Assize Court.
The three-day sale at Potteries Auctions in Stoke-on-Trent on November 10-12 includes a collection of Doulton Lambeth wares by George Tinworth and Mark Marshall.
This version of the well-known Marshall group, c.1885, titled The Waning of the Honeymoon is glazed in shades of green, blue and brown. With two small chips, it is estimated at £750-1500.
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Started by the Lo family shortly after the Treaty of Nanking in 1842, Wang Hing was probably responsible for producing more Chinese export silver than any other Chinese retail silversmith.
The company was also one of the first to establish a large retail emporium in the early 1920s in Hong Kong that grew to sell a wide variety of luxury goods. Trophies for local sporting clubs, such as this 7in (17cm) bowl with three cast dragon-form feet, were best-sellers.
It comes for sale at Warrington & Northwich Auction on November 8 with a guide of £2500-3000.
Darrell Buttery (1941-2022) was an inspiring teacher, writer and champion of the civic heritage of York, the city he made his home.
Over the decades he built up an extraordinary depth of knowledge of the history of York. His dedication to preserving the historic sites of the city led him to join and hold positions in numerous cultural organisations, including becoming chairman and president of the York Civic Trust.
His books included The Vanished Buildings of York (1984).
As a collector, he filled his Georgian villa overlooking York Racecourse with art and antiques, seeking out pieces linked with the city.
North Yorkshire saleroom Tennants is selling selected contents from his estate on November 11.
From the Judge’s Lodgings in York comes a George III and Edward VII silver table-service (pictured), mostly by William Eley and William Fearn or Thomas Wilkes Barker, London, 1806, Old English pattern, the back of the handles engraved Comm’rs Judges House, York. Estimate £1200-1800.
Harrington Mann (1864-1937) was a Scottish portrait artist and a member of the Glasgow Boys movement in the 1880s.
This oil on panel portrait of a young girl comes for sale at the Mid-Century Modern sale at Adam’s in Dublin on November 8.
The estimate is €3000-4000.
The poster sale at specialist Antikbar in London on November 12 includes this original advertising poster flyer for Exposition de la Circulation – a transport show that took place in Palais des Beaux-Arts in Liège from July 5-31, 1934.
Printed by Benard, Liège, and measuring 11 x 8in (28 x 21cm), it features a great Art Deco design of cars and buses at a traffic light with a train on a bridge and a lighthouse above.
A collection of Scottish exhibition medals is offered in 22 lots at Noonans in London as part of the Coins, Historical Medals and Antiquities sale on November 15-16.
Estimated at £80-100 is this scarce silver medal awarded to Loudon Brothers, Glasgow at the Glasgow Mining Exhibition, 1885. The scene that shows Britannia handing a miner a Davy safely lamp is signed by medallist D Cunninghame, Scotia.