The Fine sale at Keys in Aylsham, Norfolk, on March 29-31 includes this rare creamware jug (pictured above) with prints of Nelson including one titled Baron Nelson of the Nile and Burnham Thorpe in the County of Norfolk.
This first edition copy of George Grosz’s Ecce Homo of 1923 has a guide of £1000-1500 at the sale of Books, Maps, Manuscripts & Photography at Lawrences of Crewkerne on March 16.
The book, with 100 lithographed plates (16 coloured) was published in five different issues with an estimated print run between 6000-8000 copies. However, few survived the Nazi dislike for Grosz and his work.
This copy, that appears to be Edition C, is in the original pictorial wrappers.
A letter signed by TE Lawrence is part of an album of signatures by famous wartime figures is coming for sale the Canterbury Auction Galleries on April 1-2.
Dated November 21, 1919, it refers to "an American cinematograph artist who found out that I was a novelty in a khaki war and is making a lot of money out of it. PS I wish I was making something too!"
At the date of the letter, he would have been 31 and recently demobbed as a lieutenant colonel.
He was replying to a polite letter from a boy scout living in Kent asking for his autograph.
The boy was collecting signatures from, according to his own handwritten inscription in the album, Men who did things in the Great War, 1914-18. The album contains scores of signatures and notes from luminaries including the prime minister, Rudyard Kipling and many recipients of the Victoria Cross.
The auction house says: “Our presumption is that he [Lawrence] was referring to a short film made of him by an American war correspondent, Lowell Thomas, who, along with cameraman Harry Chase, had encountered Lawrence in Palestine, drawn by rumours of his exploits.
“In August 1919, three months before the letter was written, Lowell Thomas had launched a series of illustrated lectures in London. Alongside Arabic music and dancing were photos and film of Lawrence, attired in his familiar headdress. The film especially became hugely popular, and we guess this is what Lawrence refers to in the letter.”
The letter is unusual in that Lawrence signed his real name.
This large early 19th century Italian micromosaic panel goes under the hammer at Elstob & Elstob’s Antiques sale in Ripon on April 5.
Measuring 9 x 12in (23 by 30cm), the finely detailed panel depicts the familiar Grand Tour scene of the Temple of Vesta. It comes from a private collection in Southport and carries a guide of £5000-7000.
The jewellery sale at Wilson55 in Nantwich on March 16 includes this early 20th century 18ct gold, diamond and emerald peacock feather brooch.
The 4in (9.5cm) brooch, that can also be worn as a pendant, has French assay marks and a principal diamond of around 1.6ct.
The Design Since 1860 sale at Roseberys London on March 22 includes this boxed Cymric christening set designed by Archibald Knox (1864-1933) for Liberty & Co.
With hallmarks for 1912 (the spoon and fork) and 1913 (the napkin ring), the suite is expected to bring £400-600.
The sale at Huntly Auctions in Aberdeenshire on April 9 includes this Glasgow School brass wall sconce worked with a peacock in the manner of Margaret Gilmour (1863-1942). Measuring 2ft 5in (72cm) high, it is estimated at £400-600.
Attributed to Helen Adelaide Lamb (1893- 1981), this Glasgow School needlework panel, c.1910, is estimated at £600-800 in the Aldridges of Bath Fine Art & Antiques auction on March 28.
It depicts a maiden in a flower garden, a fruit tree with doves either side, all within floral borders, worked in coloured silks on a pale green ground, and measures 14in x 3ft 7in (35.5cm x 1.09m) without the frame.
The auction house says that a similar piece of needlework by Lamb is held in the V&A, “which is almost identical to the central design depicted in the piece we have”. It is thought this design by Lamb was published in Vol 41 of The Studio – An Illustrated Magazine of Fine and Applied Art published in 1910.
Items given by studio potter Lucie Rie (1902-95) to her cleaning lady come for sale at the Design and Modern Contemporary sale at Chiswick Auctions on March 29. Two bowls and a mould for making buttons were all presents to the vendor’s mother who worked at Rie’s home and studio at 18 Albion Mews, Paddington, for many years.
It was during and after the war that, to make ends meet, Rie made glass and ceramic buttons and jewellery for couture fashion outlets. She was employed by her fellow countryman and emigree Fritz Lampl (1892-1955), the founder of the Bimini Glass company in Vienna who relaunched his glass-blowing venture in Soho under the name Orplid in 1938.
The two-piece plaster mould offered here, has the number 315 and a carved Bimini mark. Dated to the 1940s or 50s, it is estimated at £400-600.
Also gifted by Rie to her cleaner was a trademark 1980s footed bowl in a turquoise and manganese glaze (estimate £20,000-30,000) and a heavily potted experimental piece with a similar glaze (estimate £400-600).
Following a probate valuation Devon auction house Chilcotts carried out in August 2022, three Duncan Grant oils have been consigned to the Fine Art Auction on March 25.
The vendors, the son and daughter of the deceased, initially said they wanted to keep one picture each and put the third into auction. However, they they have decided to sell all three.
The vendors’ parents bought The Farm Lane (pictured here) at Sotheby’s Britwell House Sale in March 1979 for a £700 hammer price. It had previously been with Leicester Galleries. It now carries an estimate of £7000-9000 in this Honiton sale
The other two pictures are Landscape, Firle, which shows the hill behind Charleston Farmhouse, the house Grant shared and decorated with Vanessa Bell, and Still life with Compotier. These are guided at £7000-9000 and £10,000-12,000 respectively.
The sale of Clarice Cliff, Art Deco and Design at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on March 22-23 includes close to 180 lots from the estate of Richard Batterham (1936-2021).
As well as pieces of Batterham’s own pottery, such as this 2ft 1in (64cm) high stoneware bottle in an ash glaze from the 1970s estimated at £1500-2000, there are pieces by other studio potters he admired.
A series of photographs taken by Victorian author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-98) – aka Lewis Carroll – of one of his ‘child friends’ come for sale at Sworders.
The eight images come from a descendent of the sitter, Alexandra ‘Xie’ Rhoda Kitchen (1864-1925). They were recently found in an envelope when an Essex farmhouse was being cleared.
Xie was a favourite photographic subject of Dodgson’s who photographed her around 50 times, from age four until just before her 16th birthday. She was the daughter of Rev George William Kitchen (1827-1912), one of Dodgson’s colleagues at Christ Church College, Oxford who later became the Dean of Winchester and Durham. Her mother was Alice Maud Taylor, second daughter of Bridges Taylor, the British consul in Denmark at the time.
The works, all albumen prints mostly laid down on card, are estimated to sell for around £1000 each as part of Sworders’ Books and Maps timed online sale from April 14-23. They assume a tableau format, showing the sitter in different costumes: asleep on a sofa, with a bucket and spade, wearing a fur hat and cape, dressed as a queen or as ‘a Chinaman’.
Of the approximately 3000 photographs the Alice in Wonderland author made in his life, just over half are of children.
This pair of George III satinwood, purpleheart and rosewood oval Pembroke tables attributed to Gillows c.1780 were previously owned by Nelson Rockefeller and were sold at Christie’s New York in October 2010. They were hammered then at $48,000.
The tables, unusual as a pair, come back to auction as part of the furniture and works of art sale at Dreweatts in Newbury on March 29 with a guide of £6000-10,000.
A very similar table to these can be seen at Tatton Park in Cheshire, one of the best surviving Gillows interiors.
On May 17 Duke’s of Dorchester is offering a British Empire Medal Group to Staff Sergeant D North 22nd SAS, who was one of the founder members of the newly reformed regiment in the post-war years.
North joined the British Army, serving with the Royal Signals. In 1950 he joined the Special Air Service. Over the next 20 years he served, except for a two-year break, on active service in Malaya, Oman, Borneo and South Arabia with 22 SAS, 264 (SAS Signals) Squadron and, after leaving the regular forces, 23 SAS.
He was awarded the BEM in the 1971 New Year’s honours list. His citation praised his service in the Borneo Campaign, at the height of which he was “responsible for communications with over 20 patrols deeply situated in mountainous jungle terrain”.
The medal group is sold with North’s personal photograph album of his time in the SAS, extensive documentation and letters of congratulations on his award of the BEM.