Aquamarine fringe necklace by Charlotte Isabella Newman, c. 1890, estimated at £3000-5000 at Mallams.

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Mallams’ April 26-27 Jewellery, Watches and Silver sale in Oxford includes this aquamarine fringe necklace by Mrs Newman, c. 1890. It is estimated at £3000-5000.

Charlotte Isabella Newman (1836-1920) was one of the first female professional goldsmiths and jewellery designers, beginning her career as an assistant to the celebrated London-based jeweller John Brogden in the 1860s. As specialists in the revivalist archaeological and Renaissance styles, Brogdens exhibited in Paris in 1867 and 1878, for which Newman received a medaille d’honneur as a collaborative designer.

Following Brogden’s death in 1884, Newman established her own eponymous jewellery business known as ‘Mrs Philip Newman’, retaining some of Brogden’s staff. By signing her pieces ‘Mrs N’, Newman was able to distinguish that her pieces were designed by a woman.


Mamod Steam Wagon, estimated at £80-100 at Vectis.

The content of the Model Train sale at Vectis in Stockton-on-Tees on April 21 extends to include this Mamod Steam Wagon in blue and cream. The 1970s model is in near mint, un-steamed condition and has a guide of £80-100.


Timrud silver and gilt jug dated 1470, estimated at £15,000-25,000 at Plakas Auctions.

The sale of Islamic works of Art at Plakas Auctions in London on April 25 includes this Timrud silver and gilt inlaid lidded jug (mashrabe) dated 1470.

One of around 30 examples from the 15th century have been published, many of them inscribed and dated and all attributed to the Herat area.

This jug, in a UK private collection since the 1990s, has a poetical verse appropriate to the drinking of wine from the jug. The estimate is £15,000-25,000.


Untitled (A Maiden), gouache on paper by Jamini Roy, estimated at £2500-3500 at Olympia Auctions.

The Asian and Islamic Works of Art sale at Olympia Auctions in London on April 26 includes two paintings by the celebrated Bengali artist Jamini Roy (1887-1972).

From the estate of Louisa Service OBE (1931-2021) is this 1950s gouache on paper Untitled (A Maiden), signed in Bengali lower right, that measures 2ft 3in x 13in (68 x 32cm) and is estimated at £2500-3500.


Clarice Cliff Tennis pattern fruit bowl, estimated at £800-1200 at Lay’s.

A collection of Clarice Cliff bowled over Penzance auctioneer David Lay when called in to conduct a contents valuation at a small property in mid-Cornwall. He called it “the finest, single-owner collection of Clarice I have seen in over 45 years of business”.

This Tennis pattern fruit bowl has an estimate of £800-1200 at Lay’s Antiques & Modern Design sale on April 20-21.


Joseph Plaskett still life, estimated at £250-400 at Reeman Dansie.

Reeman Dansie’s April 25-26 Fine Art sale in Colchester features a large collection of work from the studio of Canadian artist Joseph Plaskett (1918-2014). This still life offered at £250-400 is typical.

Plaskett was ‘discovered’ and nurtured by members of Group of Seven painters and spent much of his career in Paris, although he rarely exhibited in France, he became one of the most sought-after artists of his generation in Canada. Towards the end of his life, he lived and painted in Bromeswell, Suffolk.


Silver sugar tongs with marks for Robert Gray c.1790, estimated at £90-100 at Lockdales.

The Fine Sale at Lockdales in Ipswich on April 25-26 includes this pair of Scottish silver wavy edged bright cut pattern sugar tongs with marks for Glasgow and the maker Robert Gray c.1790. Estimate £90-100.


Irish George II oval mirror chandelier c.1790, estimated at €6000-8000 at Adam’s in Dublin.

A sale titled The Library Collection at Adam’s in Dublin on April 26 includes this Irish George II oval mirror chandelier with a frame set with clear glass studs and hung with a two-light cut glass sconce c.1790,

Standing 2ft 10in (83cm) it is similar to another in the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery and Museum Bedford, that is signed by John Ayckbourn of Dublin. Adam’s example has an estimate of €6000-8000.


Pair of Royal Worcester porcelain plaques by Raymond Rushton, estimated at £2000-3000 at Lindsay Burns.

Lindsay Burns conducts a two-day sale in Perth on April 25-26. Estimated at £2000-3000 is a pair of 12in (31cm) Royal Worcester porcelain plaques by Raymond Rushton.

Both dated c.1918, one is decorated with named view Constantinople, the other The Acropolis, Athens (pictured here).


19th century Ceylonese centre table, estimated at £4000-6000 at Lawrences of Crewkerne.

This 19th century Ceylonese ebony and specimen wood inlaid circular centre table (top shown) is centred by a central ivory medallion engraved with an eagle.

The radiating bands of coromandel and satinwood assume the form of peacock feathers, a design mirrored in the base that is carved with three outswept legs in the form of peacocks.

It has an estimate of £4000-6000 at Lawrences of Crewkerne in Somerset on April 21.


Gouache on paper by John Tunnard, estimated at £30,000-50,000 at Lyon & Turnbull.

Among the highlights of the inaugural Avant Garde sale at Lyon & Turnbull on April 27 is this rediscovered prime period work by John Tunnard (1900-1971).

The meticulously painted gouache on paper Composition, 1947 was acquired by the vendor’s father directly from the artist in the 1960s and has not been seen in public for at least half a century.

Painted just after the Second World War, this Surrealist landscape depicts a series of futuristic antennae and ancient megaliths and henges – plus the ‘dry tree’ motif Tunnard used as a symbol of destruction and death.

It is one of just 13 known gouaches from 1947 with others of a similar style and quality held in American museum collections. It is expected to bring £30,000-50,000.

A postcard mentioning the Titanic disaster that was sent just 36 hours after the liner sank is going under the hammer at Charles Miller’s auction on April 25.

It was written in Southampton at 5pm on April 16, 1912, and posted at 7pm to an address in Bedford. The correspondent references the lack of information relating to the disaster, with the only thing being certain is that she had “gone to the bottom”.

The message includes the note: “The White Star office at 12 could only give information which had appeared in the ‘Mail’. It seems so strange that so little comes through by wireless from the ships in the vicinity. Too much confusion perhaps.”

Maritime specialist Miller, based in west London, says: “It is likely that the sender was involved in shipping, as it is intriguing to read that White Star Line was heavily reliant on the newspapers for their information as to what had occurred.”

It is being sold by an English collector and the estimate is £2000-3000.


Gold and gem-set bracelet from the 1830s, estimated at £8000-12,000 at Woolley & Wallis.

The Fine Jewellery sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on April 20-21 includes this fine gold and gem-set bracelet from the 1830s.

Composed of graduated vertical bar-shaped links, it is set with a variety of oval and cushion-shaped gemstones including hessonite garnet, topaz, peridot, amethyst, citrine and aquamarine, accented with smaller emeralds, rubies, citrines and amethysts.

Offered in its original fitted case it has an estimate of £8000-12,000.