Large Ruskin high-fired vase bearing impressed marks for RUSKIN ENGLAND 1924, estimate £2000-3000 at Dreweatts.

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Newbury firm Dreweatts is offering a private collection of works by one of the greatest British ceramicists of the 20th century, William Howson Taylor (1876-1935) from the Ruskin studio pottery in the West Midlands, which ran from 1898-1933.

The 25 pieces come directly by descent, having been passed to the vendor Adam Ferneyhough’s father, Robert Ferneyhough (1919-77) by William Howson Taylor himself, on closing the factory due to ill health.

When the factory closed, Howson Taylor instructed all machines used to make the pottery and all designs and techniques that he had devised be destroyed, so that no ‘imitation’ Ruskin pottery could be made.

The Adam Ferneyhough collection will be offered in Dreweatts’ Interiors sale on January 9.

Shown above is a large Ruskin high-fired vase, the slightly ribbed body with liver red-streaked lavender glazes, bearing impressed marks for RUSKIN ENGLAND 1924 and with various exhibition labels. It was displayed in the Ruskin Pottery at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1975. Estimate £2000-3000.


Worcester mug, c.1756-58, featuring a ‘walk in the garden’ pattern, estimate £400-600 at Bonhams.

Emerging Collectors is a Bonhams timed online sale ending on December 15 with lots 1-87 and lot 125 viewable by appointment at New Bond Street and lots 88-124 viewable by appointment at Knightsbridge.

Typical of the affordable price range of the items in the auction, this Worcester mug, c.1756-58 and 3½in (8.5cm) high, features a ‘walk in the garden’ pattern with a Chinese lady carrying a basket and rui sceptre, her young attendant nearby with a bird perched on a fishing rod. It was sold in 2009 by ceramics dealer Robyn Robb and is now guided at £400-600.


A c.5th century BC marble face, estimate £6000-9000 at Apollo Auctions.

The Ancient Art & Antiquities sale at Apollo Auctions in London on December 17 includes this c.5th century BC marble face.

Roundish in shape with a pointed chin, it features lips are delicately parted lips with gently downturned corners, while the nose is broad and well-defined. The eyes are situated beneath thin brows and boast intricate pupils, complemented by naturally modelled eyelids.

Mounted on a custom-made stand, it measures 6 x 5in (15 x 13cm) and weighs 2.8kg. The property of a north London gentleman and formerly in a European collection, it has an estimate of £6000-9000.


Display board set with a collection of colliery and other horse brasses on leather, estimate £150-200 at Rendells.

This is a wooden display board set with a collection of colliery and other horse brasses on leather comprising Harry Hopps Coal and Coke, Earlys Coal maker’s plate, DUDC maker’s plate, four ceramic mounted examples, blank reticulated and pierced examples and others, estimated at £150-200.

It is part of a 90-lot private collection of horse brasses, including a large quantity of makers plates and other rarities, on offer at Rendells, Stonepark, Ashburton, Devon, on December 14-15.


Set of George III brass and mahogany Westmorland bellows, estimate £100-200 at Hutchinson Scott.

This set of George III brass and mahogany Westmorland bellows has an iron-handled wheel and riveted brass nozzled drum on a rectangular plinth base. Measuring 2ft 3in long x 10½in high (69 x 26.5cm), the estimate at Hutchinson Scott in Skipton on December 17 is £100-200.


A 20th century Qing imperial-style antler armchair, estimate €85,000-95,000 at Adam’s.

A 20th century Qing imperial-style antler armchair is one of the star lots in the Fine Asian Art sale at Adam’s in Dublin on December 18.

There are seven known surviving deer antler chairs in China, with the Palace Museum in Beijing holding five of them, each uniquely designed. The deer antlers used in these chairs were sourced from deer captured during royal hunting activities in the Qing Dynasty.

Crafting thrones from deer antlers is a profound homage to the equestrian roots, preserving the essence of Manchu heritage. Emperor Qianlong expressed his reverence in a poem, stating: “Dare not sit upon it, ever in awe and admiration.”

This one, measuring 3ft 11in x 4ft 7in x 4ft 11in (1.2 x 1.4 x 1.5m), comes from a French private collection and is estimated at €85,000-95,000.


This lot features an RAF Second World War-era pilot’s jacket and other gear, estimate £750-800 at Clarke & Simpson.

This lot features an RAF Second World War-era pilot’s jacket, trousers and hat with Kings Crown Pilots Wings; a DFC medal bar and leather Irvin flying jacket; a pair of flying gloves; C-type flying helmet with H type mask; and a pair of Mk8 flying goggles.

At Clarke & Simpson in Campsea Ashe on December 16, the estimate is £750-800.