This iroko plan chest (pictured top) is believed to have been used by potter Bernard Leach to store woodcuts, etchings and designs.
It is thought that the chest, which carries the initials BL to the doors, was imported back to England after Leach returned from Japan in 1920 to set up the Leach Pottery in St Ives.
Sold to the Trenowden family, probably by Leach’s first wife, in the late 1920s or early 1930s, it was on display at the Craft Study Centre at Farnham in 2010 as part of the Bernard Leach: Graphic Artist exhibition and at the Leach Pottery itself from 2013-15.
The chest is on offer in the studio ceramics sale at Adam Partridge in Macclesfield on October 28-29 with expectations of £3000-5000.
This rare Art Deco gem-set and diamond bar brooch by Gillot & Co, New York, has a guide of £15,000-20,000 at the Woolley & Wallis Fine Jewellery in Salisbury on November 2-3.
Trained in his native France, Paul Gillot (c.1877-1949) was a driving force in American jewellery at the start of the 20th century. He worked first with Marcus & Co for 12 years then – following service in the First World War – resumed trading in 1916 under his own name.
Earning the nickname ‘the King of Diamonds’, he was described as having designed ‘the major portion of Sarah Bernhardt’s jewellery’ by the Yonkers Statesman newspaper in 1927.
This brooch made in the Egyptian revival taste is set with a well-matched selection of step-cut sapphires, rubies, emeralds and diamonds.
A timed online sale of Scottish pottery held by Huntly Auctions in Keith, Moray, includes this 17in (42cm) diameter Seaton Ware, Aberdeen slipware bowl incised to a Mrs Taylor and dated March 1888. It is expected to bring £300-400 when bidding closes on November 6.
Dawsons in Maidenhead is selling two watches that belonged to the late Hollywood actor, Peter O’Toole.
The Watches auction on November 17 includes both an Audemars Piguet 18ct yellow gold reference 5548 that was gifted to O’Toole by an Arab sheikh for his performance in Lawrence of Arabia and a Baum & Mercier Riviera that he wore at the 75th Academy Awards in 2003 when presented with an honorary gong for his career achievements.
They are valued at £20,000-30,000 and £2000-3000 respectively. The vendor is a family friend and was given them after O’Toole’s death.
The sale at Cheffins in Cambridge on October 27 includes a group of five ‘North Sea series’ oils by Maggi Hambling (b.1945).
These wave paintings created using thick impasto strokes and an explosive use of colour were bought by the vendor from the Lynne Strover Gallery, Cambridge in 2007-08.
Each is estimated at £3000-5000.
Pictured here is Wave Tunnel, dated 2008 and measuring 12 x 10in (30 x 25cm).
On October 27 Shropshire saleroom Mullock’s is offering a first edition, first issue of Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Mrs Tittlemouse, F Warne & Co, 1910. Featuring tan boards with illustrated insert to front cover, it includes a gift dedication to the inside page dated Xmas 1910.
This late 19th German silver model of an ibex with Hanau marks is also struck with import marks for Berthold Muller and English hallmarks for Chester 1899.
It is on offer at Claydon Auctioneers in Buckinghamshire on October 30-31.
The 9¼in high x 7in long (23.5 x 18cm) item is estimated at £400-600.
This late Victorian silver plated cake stand by James Dixon and Sons of Sheffield was used at the wedding of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Katherine, Duchess of Kent in 1961.
The couple were married at York Minster, the first royal marriage there since that of Edward III, with the wedding breakfast served at Hovingham Hall in North Yorkshire. The cake, reportedly weighing 180lb and standing 5ft tall, was made by York chocolatiers Terry’s.
The cake stand is being sold, together with a silver plate gong and brass vase also used at the wedding, at Tennants’ Jewellery, Watches & Silver Sale on November 12 with an estimate of £400-600.