The Design sale at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet on May 16-17 includes an outstanding 100-lot collection of Royal Doulton ceramics.
They are the first part of a large collection of mainly Lambeth stonewares assembled by Ann Turner. A musician whose husband worked for a Swiss bank, she enjoyed a lifelong passion for Doulton and bought fine-quality pieces at auction and through dealers across more than 40 years. Her house in Brookmans Park in Hertfordshire was adorned floor to ceiling with her collection.
George Tinworth’s (1843 1913) whimsical and anamorphic models are amply represented. This rare spill vase shown above titled The Telephone shows two putti in conversation, one in a booth titled New York America, the other London England.
The Modern Art & Design sale at Mallams in Oxford on May 17-18 includes this green glass and plated metal water jug that combines the talents of Harry Powell of James Powell & Sons and WAS Benson.
Designed some time before 1878, a similar example is pictured in Lesley Jackson’s Whitefriars Glass: The Art of James Powell and Sons (1996).
The jug comes for sale from the collection of Paul Whitfield (1942-2018), the former managing director of Christie’s King Street, with a modest guide of £200-300.
The May 18 fine antique auction at John Nicholson’s in Fernhurst, Surrey, includes this bird box automaton by Karl Griesbaum. The enamel scenes include a miniature version of Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s The Swing.
The Fine Paintings and Frames sale at Parker Fine Art Auctions in Farnham on May 11 includes this small Ken Howard (1932-2022) oil on board, The Tankard.
With labels for the Richard Green gallery to the back, it has an estimate of £600-800.
The Collector sale at Bishop & Miller at Glandford near Holt, Norfolk, on May 16 includes this 5in (13cm) Omar Ramsden silver and shagreen casket hallmarked for London 1930.
To the domed lid is a heraldic crest above the motto For Love of Good and Home while to the base is an inscription stating it was made for Evelyn and Eveline Hubbard by command of friends in the Mothers’ Union to mark their golden wedding.
This flexible gold and diamond bracelet designed as four-rows of gold ropework is by Pierre Sterlé (1905-78) who was famed for his innovative approach to jewellery design embodying the dynamism of the post-war era.
It was Sterlé’s invention of the ‘knitted-gold technique’ or ‘angel thread’ which would lead to his fame at the climax of his career in the 1950s-60s. The bracelet, c.1950, has a guide of €25,000-30,000 at the Jewellery & Watches sale held by Adam’s in Dublin on May 16.
A private collection of seals, offered by Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on May 19, is led by this handsome Regency example fashioned in lapis lazuli, amethyst and gold for Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) of Abbotsford.
By 1820 Scott was very much part of the Scottish gentry with this seal used for letters to the great and the good, including the correspondence that led to George IV’s famous visit to Scotland in 1824.
This 2ft 10in x 3ft 6in (81cm x 1.05m) oil on canvas signed by Georges Paul Leroux (1877-1957) was purchased by the owner in a brocante in Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, France, around 20 years ago.
It is the subject matter of marching French soldiers that makes it of particular interest. Leroux, a frequent exhibitor at the Salon des Artistes Française before and after the First World War, served in the army and sketched the action he saw on the Western Front. His most famous work L’Enfer (Hell), completed in 1921, is in the collection of The Imperial War Museum.
Soldiers, thought to date from the same period, is guided at £5000-8000 in the Bellmans auction in Billingshurst, West Sussex, on May 16.