A marble bust of Irish landowner and socialite George Putland (1782-1841) created by renowned Irish sculptor Thomas Kirk will be sold for the first time, having been kept within the subject’s family for over 180 years.
It is estimated at £2000-3000 in Chilcotts’ Fine Art and Good Antiques sale in Honiton, Devon, on November 18. As well as naming and dating the piece George. Putland.1842, the sculptor has carved his mark T.KIRK.RHA.FECIT. The bust sits on a Connemara marble plinth with a distinctive colouring created by green minerals.
Putland and his wife Nancy spent much of their life in Bray, County Wicklow. They were philanthropists.
He was also an avid book collector and had an impressive private art collection. Putland had no children; instead the bust has come down through his sister’s family, the Halls, also from Bray. The vendor is John Hall Vl.
Cork-born Kirk became known for portrait sculpture after setting up his own studio in Dublin. One of his famous carvings was a statue of Nelson for a memorial column in O’Connell Street, Dublin, destroyed in 1966 by an Irish republican bombing.
From 1825 Kirk regularly exhibited busts at the Royal Academy. His last major work was a life-size statue of Admiral Sir William Sidney Smith, which can be seen at the Maritime Museum in Greenwich.
Three vinaigrettes are on offer at Cotswold auction house Kinghams in the Silver & Objects of Vertu sale on November 24.
During the second quarter of the 19th century, with the advent of the railways and increased mobility, especially for those who could afford to do so, the practice of returning home with a souvenir of the place you had visited became very popular. And one such souvenir for the well-heeled was a vinaigrette made from sterling silver.
The three examples are thought to have been almost previously unrecorded and such is their rarity, much effort was required to identify the specific locations depicted.
Kinghams associate director and head of department, Matthew Lafite, said he had never seen the scenes here ”in 20 years of dealing with silver” and handling thousands of vinaigrettes.
The first example depicts a scene of Folkestone Harbour, Kent. The scene is probably after the illustrated engraving from Marshall’s Select Views in Great Britain, 1825. Another has a top engraved with a scene of Norwich quayside, with boats on the river Wensum and Whitefriars bridge in the background.
The final example is engraved with a scene of the Salon on the promenade at Scarborough, with flag flying and the headland with Scarborough Castle beyond.
They are estimated at £800-1200 each.
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An extensive collection of medals awarded to Brigadier Victor Henry Jaques (1896-1955), CBE DSO MC & Bar over the course of his 25-year career is estimated at £10,000-12,000 in the Military and Collectables sale staged by Special Auction Services in Newbury on November 22.
Jaques served in the First World War and quickly rose up the ranks, becoming a lieutenant in 1917. He received his first medal, the Military Cross, “for conspicuous gallantry and dash during a raid on enemy trenches”. Jaques was awarded a bar to his MC for actions in an attack on a German position north of the Ormignon River during the Hundred Days Offensive in 1918.
In 1920 he left the army to become a lawyer but rejoined his old regiment and fought in Italy during the Second World War where he was promoted to major and then the temporary rank of lieutenant colonel. In 1945 he was selected as an undercover Special Operations Executive in the Far East.
The medals - also including a Fifth Class of the Order of the White Elephant Thai honour - are being sold alongside war records, commissions/warrants, certificates for awarded medals, passports, army forms, photographs and copies of the London Gazette that Jaques appeared in.
William Simmonds (1876-1968) trained as an architect for four years before undertaking fine art training at the Royal College of Art in 1893 and then the Royal Academy schools for five years.
He gained a following in the 1920s for his wood and ivory carvings of both wild and domestic animals.
The Black Mare, 19in x 2ft 6in x 16in (48 x 76 x 41cm), depicts a stylised horse turning to nip a fly on its hind leg. It was created in Simmonds’ Gloucestershire studio and dates from 1925 and will be offered alongside a selection of other items from his studio, such as Simmonds’ tool chest, a set of wallpaper designs and an oil sketch, in Chorley’s Modern Art & Design sale on November 21.
The work’s previous owners include private collector George Eumorfopoulos, who later founded the Oriental Ceramic Society, and Elizabeth, the Countess Northesk. It passed to a private collector who has consigned the work to Chorley’s, where the estimate is £60,000-80,000.
Comic Book Auctions is offering the complete 1-242 issue run of TV Century 21 (1965-69) with No 1 including its free gift Special Agent Decoder and No 155 its Captain Scarlett Album.
Gerry Anderson’s TV Century 21 involved the greatest comic book artists of their day during its 1960s print run.
Frank Bellamy and Don Harley drew The Thunderbirds, Mike Noble and Don Lawrence took turns at Fireball XL5 and the Rons Embleton and Turner illustrated The Daleks, Stingray and Captain Scarlet. Even Dan Dare’s legendary creator, Frank Hampson, chipped in with six episodes of Lady Penelope.
CBA says: “To our knowledge this is the only complete run to come up for auction, its last few issues notoriously hard to find.”
This “high grade” collection is estimated at £1500- 2000 in the timed online sale ending on November 19.