Path to the House by John Aldridge, estimated at £5000-7000 at Sworders.

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The presence of artistic heavyweights such as Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious in the village of Great Bardfield, Essex, encouraged the arrival of other artists, such as John Aldridge (1905-83).

Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet has a strong track record selling his work for increasingly high sums.

Its April 25 sale of Modern & Contemporary Art sale includes this oil titled Path to the House depicting the artist’s garden at Place House, Great Bardfield. Signed and dated for 1973, it was purchased at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 1975.

Estimate £5000-7000.*


For the Zoo poster from 1921 designed by Charles Paine, estimated at £3000-5000 at Lyon & Turnbull.

Charles Paine (1895-1967) drew on his training in stained glass to create bold, structured and highly stylised posters for a variety of companies. He was introduced by the printmaker John Platt (1886- 1967) to Frank Pick at the London Underground for whom he was to design 31 posters. This 3ft 4in x 2ft 2in (1.02m x 64cm) example titled For the Zoo dates from 1921 and comes for sale at the Lyon & Turnbull posters sale in London on April 26 with a guide of £3000-5000.*


Alfred Saxty’s Zulu War campaign medals, estimated at £15,000-20,000 at Noonans.

Alfred Saxty was one of the last few survivors of the Battle of Rorke’s Drift, synonymous in the Zulu War. His campaign pair will be offered at Mayfair saleroom Noonans on April 19. They are being sold by a collector and are estimated at £15,000-20,000.

Saxty of 2nd Battalion, 24th Foot served as a Corporal in B Company at the defence. Just 22 at the time, he was promoted to sergeant the day after the defence.

He served in South Africa from February 1, 1878, to January 12, 1880.

Saxty was confined on May 6, 1881, charged with being drunk on picquet, and sentenced by District Court Martial to be reduced to private and to 56 days imprisonment with hard labour and stoppage of pay, in addition being fined £1 and forfeited Good Conduct Pay.

He steadily regained his steps in rank to become sergeant again in December 1885 and his later service included the Mediterranean and Burma.

Saxty was admitted to In-Pension at Chelsea Hospital in 1930 but reverted to Out-Pension in October 1933 to live with his sister in Newport, Monmouthshire, and died three years later aged 77.*


19th century Chinese hair crystal bottle, estimated at £150-200 at Stacey’s.

Rayleigh, Essex auction house Stacey’s is offering a single-owner collection of Chinese snuff bottles on April 25. The collection of over 100 bottles in a wide range of different mediums includes this 19th century hair crystal bottle with a guide of £150-200.*


Diamond hair ornament owned by Margaret Cicely Tennyson, estimated at £8000-12,000 at Bonhams.

Jewellery from the family of the Victorian poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) will be included as part of Bonhams’ London Jewels sale on April 26. Offered in 18 lots, the collection is led by this diamond hair ornament owned by Margaret Cicely Tennyson (1880-1963), wife of Tennyson’s, grandson Alfred Browning Stanley Tennyson, which has an estimate of £8000-12,000.*


Arts & Crafts moonstone, sapphire & demantoid garnet pendant, estimated at £2000-3000 at Semley Auctioneers.

This Arts & Crafts moonstone, sapphire & demantoid garnet pendant on an unmarked gold chain necklace has a guide of £2000-3000 as part of a sale of jewellery and watches at Semley Auctioneers in Shaftesbury, Dorset on April 15. Similar pendants were retailed in the early 20th century by Liberty & Co in London.*


Copy of the Edinburgh Stereoscopic Atlas of Anatomy by Daniel John Cunningham, estimated at £200-300 at Special Auction Services.

Published in 1905, the Edinburgh Stereoscopic Atlas of Anatomy were the first stereoscopic images available for the study of anatomy. They were created by the Scottish physician Daniel John Cunningham (1850-1909) with later versions authored by David Waterston. This copy of five volumes in red cloth-covered cases has a guide of £200-300 the photographica sale at Special Auction Services in Newbury on April 18.*