The Fine Jewellery sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on February 1-2 includes this royal gold, enamel and pearl mourning brooch.
Probably made by Carlo Giuliano in the 1880s, it contains a hand-coloured photograph of Princess Alice of England (1843-78) and is inscribed to the reverse In remembrance of dear Alice Princess of England, Duchess of Hesse and monogrammed VRI for ‘Victoria Regina Imperatrix’.
Princess Alice, the mother of the future Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia, was the first of Queen Victoria’s children to die (and one of three to predecease her) and her death was met with a particularly intense period of grief and mourning.
This piece was previously owned by Victor Albert Francis Spencer, 3rd Viscount Churchill (1864-1934) who was a page of honour to Victoria between 1876-81.
This Rolling Stones tour poster designed by Fillmore East artist David Byrd and published by Tea Lautrec of San Francisco is one used by the band for the US tour in 1969.
It is famous for the music – featuring mainly songs from the Beggars Banquet album and the forthcoming Let It Bleed – and infamous for the way it ended: the Hells Angels ‘incident’ at the free concert in Altamont on December 6.
Like most surviving examples, this one was issued as a tour black to be filled in by the various venues. It has a guide of £120-240 at London poster specialist Antikbar on January 28.
The sale at Piers Motley in Exmouth on January 30-February 1 includes this 1961 first edition, first impression copy of Ian Fleming’s Thunderball, complete with dust jacket. It is expected to bring £400-600.
This painting dated 1626, spotted in a Surrey cottage, features a child who looks around 18 months to two years old, wearing lavish formal attire: a richly embroidered black and cream dress with exquisite detailing and a stiff wide collar edged in lace.
She wears a necklace of red beads bearing a large cross and pearl and matching beads around her wrists. Her expensive outfit is also enhanced by a silver chain across her body which leads to a beaked object clasped in her hand.
The portrait, which belonged to the vendor’s late father, a collector, bears the name Adriaen Verkins. It is estimated at £18,000-20,000 in Hansons London’s Fine Art and Antiques Auction on January 28.
The Vectis Military, Civilian Figures, Equipment and Accessories sale on January 23 includes several examples of Britains’ Racing Colours Series. Shown here is a horse owned by Mr E Esmond, uncatalogued, 1933.
The horse is in dark brown and the jockey colours are gold cap and white silks with mid-blue sleeves. The Stockton-on-Tees auction house says the “very rare issue” is the first example of this colour it has sold.
The Goddard family of Leicester were chemists who patented mercury-free silver and brass polishes, building a large business whose brand name is still synonymous with metal polishes today.
They were major patrons of Peter Waals (1870-1937) and commissioned many pieces of furniture from him in the 1920s-30s. The Cotswolds dresser c.1920-25 shown here, by Waals after a design by Ernest Gimson, was made for Harold Goddard and can be seen in a period photograph of the dining room at Lyndwood, his home in Leicester. The metal-lined cellar drawer may have been used for silver, as the household was strictly temperance.
The 3ft 4in wide x 6ft10in high x 2ft 1in deep (1.03 x 2.09m x 64cm) dresser is estimated at £4000-6000 in the Lyon & Turnbull auction in Edinburgh on January 25. It was sold at Christie’s in London in 1994.
As the son of Clive and Vanessa Bell, and the nephew of Virginia Woolf, Quentin Bell (1910-96) proved to be one of the very last links with the Bloomsbury Group.
A collection of his ceramics, created for the Fulham Pottery, will be offered in Ewbank’s Interiors & Modern Design sale on January 26.
Bell was an important figure in the later history of the Fulham Pottery.
Fulham made a new name for itself as a studio pottery, putting out pieces by the likes of Bell and Philip Sutton in the 1980s.
Among more than a dozen earthenware chargers on offer– in a style influenced by Bell’s early associations with the Bloomsbury Group’s Omega Workshop – is this ballet dancer example estimated at £300-500.
This large silver model of a snow leopard by Mappin & Webb, a limited edition (5 of only 9), is estimated at £12,000-18,000 in the Halls Fine Art, Antiques and Jewellery auction on March 22.
It was purchased by the current vendor from new in 1994 from the Mappin & Webb Manchester store.
The model measures approximately 2ft 7in (80cm) high and is formed using the electroforming process. It was hallmarked in 1993.
The first stand-alone Silver & Jewellery sale at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood in Exeter on February 7-8 includes this coral, peridot, probably citrine and diamond wreath brooch accompanied by fitted, period case by Mappin & Webb.
The estimate for this British Art Deco jewel is £200-300.
The late David Griffiths spent more than 35 years building what became the best collection of 17th century tokens from the county of Hertfordshire. Mayfair saleroom Noonans will offer 240 in a sale of British Tokens, Tickets and Passes on January 24.
Two highlights come in heart-shaped form. The first was minted for Andrew Wootton, a tallow chandler from Buntingford in the north-east of the county and dated 1669, guided at £500-700.
Pictured here, also dated for 1669, is a halfpenny token for James Hannell of Redbourn, a village north of St Albans. While little is known about Wootton, Hannell ran an inn called The Woolpack or Woolsack until 1692, inheriting the business from his wife’s father, Barnabas Hurst. The token features a woolsack on the obverse. The estimate is £400-500.
The David Stather Library, a private collection put together over a lifetime, is to be sold in a single-owner sale at Tennants in Leyburn, North Yorkshire on January 25.
It comprises a large collection of early books, pamphlets and manuscripts with the majority dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. A central theme of the collection is English history, with a focus on the English Civil War, the ‘Popish Plot’, the Monmouth Rebellion and the Glorious Revolution.
One of the highlights is a mid-16th century copy of The Workes of Sir Thomas More, which belonged to the Roper family. William Roper, or Rooper (1496-1578) was More’s son-in-law, who had lived in More’s household for 16 years having married his daughter Margaret.
The title-page is inscribed William Rooper, the only true owner of. Roper, originally from Kent, was a lawyer and member of Parliament and wrote a highly regarded biography of More. The book was passed down through the Roper family.
Estimated at £5000-7000 at Forum Auctions in London on January 26, this photograph album of views of China, the US and Canada was compiled by Arthur Hobhouse, 1st Baron Hobhouse (1819-1904) and his wife while en route to India c.1872-76, where he was to succeed Sir James Fitzjames Stephen as a law member of the council of the Governor-General of India.
It comprises 69 albumen prints on 61 pages, four of which are double-page views including the port of Amoy, the town and harbour of Hong Kong (shown above), the Hong Kong racecourse and the island of Macao, among other views of Hong Kong, Canton and Foo chow fu (Foochow) on the Min River.
Other views feature Yosemite National Park with the giant sequoias in Mariposa Grove, Salt Lake City, including the Mormon Tabernacle, Niagara Falls, Montreal and Quebec. Particularly notable is the print Quebec Quarter burnt May 1876, highlighting the consequences of the recent fire.
The album came by descent to the vendor here.
Lockdales of Ipswich is offering this large 19th century Irish silver tankard, profusely embossed with flowers and rococco scrolls plus two embossed faces.
Standing about 9¼in (23.5cm) high and weighing 1.946kg (68.4 oz approx), it is hallmarked ILB for James Le Bas or Bass (also stamped with the retailer’s mark for WEST), Dublin, 1817, and marked with the same maker’s markon the lid and base.
James Le Bas or Bass was a silversmith working in Dublin in the early 19th century. He was a member of a famous family of silversmiths, his father William working in London, as were his sons, William and Benjamin.
He originally trained in London, working for his father and moved to Dublin c.1800. His first workshop was on Great Strand Street in Dublin, until 1809, when he moved to Ship Street, at the side of Dublin Castle. He died in 1845.
The estimate in the February 1-2 sale is £1200-1800.