This late Victorian oak, parcel-gilt and lithographed ‘scraps’ three-panel screen, above, was a gift to the future George V (1865-1936) and Queen Mary (1867-1953) in 1901.
Carved with the feather plumes of the prince and princess of Wales, it bears a brass presentation plaque reading Presented to their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales for the Royal Nursery by Mrs Carr, Widow of DR Carr of Blackheath, London, December 1901.
It did indeed make its way to the royal nursery at York Cottage on the Sandringham estate and later joined the furnishings at Goldsborough Hall, Yorkshire, home of Princess Mary, The Princess Royal, Countess Harewood (1897-1965).
It comes for sale as part of the two-day Five Centuries sale at Lyon & Turnbull on September 6-7 by descent from Henry Lascelles, 6th Earl of Harewood, the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. The estimate is £3000-5000.
Stacey’s toy sale in Great Baddow, Chelmsford, on September 4-5 includes this boxed Cybo-invader with Cybo-interceptor. Manufactured by Denys Fisher Toys c.1975, these toys have a considerable cult following. This one is expected to bring £300-500.
The Victorian rosewood and specimen inlaid centre table shown here is a commemorative piece, made to mark the end of the Crimean War. The radiating veneers to the circular top each carry a letter creating the inscription 1856 May England and France Remain United.
The war was brought to an end through the Treaty of Paris, signed by the Russian Empire and an alliance of the Ottoman Empire, the UK, France and the Kingdom of Sardinia.
The rare table has a guide of £1000-2000 as part of the Fine Interiors sale at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, on September 5-6.
A Victorian cased pair of the extinct New Zealand huias carry an estimate of £15,000-25,000 in Tennants’ Natural History and Taxidermy sale on September 8.
Mounted by James Whiting, Naturalist, of 19 Heath Street, Hampstead, the male and female are presented perched on a branch and surrounded by hummingbirds, rocks and foliage.
Even before the arrival in New Zealand of Europeans huias were rare birds confined to remote areas and mountain ranges of the south-east of the country’s North Island. The last confirmed sighting was in 1907, although there was a credible sighting in 1924.
The birds had the greatest difference in bill shape between the male and female of any species: the female’s beak being long, thin and arched downwards while the smaller male’s is short and stout.
This coffee table incorporates an Anglo-Indian ivory and rosewood panel made in Vizagapatam c.1760. Mounted in a parcel gilt simulated bamboo frame by Mallet, it comes for sale at Dreweatts in Newbury on September 5 with a guide of £2000-4000.
This George II silver bullet-shaped teapot with an engraved coat of arms has marks for TP, London 1734. In particularly good condition, it has a guide of £3000-5000 as part of the two-day sale of silver at Whittons in Honiton, Devon, on September 6-7.
This red chalk drawing of a flying putto is by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, il Guercino (1591-1666) and consistent with other studies dated to c.1635-1645. A similar example is in the Morgan Library and Museum.
The 8 x 7in (20 x 17cm) study has a long provenance that includes its sale at Christie’s in 1859 and again in 1963. It is now consigned from a private collection in Wiltshire with a guide of £4000-6000 as part of the sale of Old Master, British & European Paintings at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on September 5-6.
This early 19th oil painting depicts Captain William Middleditch of the Grenadier Guards, who was purportedly a hero at the Battle of Waterloo when he found himself temporarily in charge of a large portion of the regiment after most of senior officers had been wounded or killed.
It has been consigned by family descent to Smiths of Newent, which says Middleditch was apparently later given the painting – showing him wearing his Waterloo Medal – by the regiment in recognition of his service.
The saleroom says: “Much of this information comes from family anecdote which has been typed up in the 1980s. However, the Suffolk Branch of the Grenadier Guards paid tribute to his grave in Bury St Edmunds on the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.” Until Waterloo they were known as the 1st Foot Guards but in honour of their part in defeating the French Imperial Guard they were awarded the title Grenadier Guards by the Prince Regent.
The estimate at the Gloucestershire saleroom on September 22 is £1500-2000.
A portrait of Field Marshal Prince Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher (1742-1819), who played a decisive role in defeating Napoleon at Waterloo, is on offer at Bentley’s in Cranbrook, Kent.
The 19th century Continental School oil on canvas, (1.25m x 98cm), is estimated at £4000-6000 on September 2.
Nick Bentley says: “The painting is period to Blücher’s dates so he could well have sat for it himself – someone out there might find documented proof of this and who the artist was. It is sadly unsigned. It’s come from a well-heeled elderly gentleman’s collection that simply doesn’t have room for it now, and has seemingly been in his family for some generations.”
A large collection of paintings by some of the leading names in sporting art feature in The Fine Sale at Cheffins of Cambridge on September 20-21.
It was formed by gallery owners and avid collectors Michael Mugglestone and Pamela Turnbull. They ran The Countryman’s Gallery in Leicestershire and sold prints, paintings and books, specialising in field sports. The pair started collecting together in the early 1980s and soon after began selling at antique and game fairs and horse trials across the country.
Shown here is The Nut, a watercolour by Charles ‘Snaffles’ Johnson Payne (1884-1967) estimated at £1200-1800, one of 13 works by him on offer.