Pieces by Austrian jeweller Ernst Paltscho are bright, vibrant and colourful. He founded his firm in 1899 in Vienna and was appointed jeweller to the Greek Royal House. He also worked for many members of the Austro-Hungarian aristocracy and became known as ‘jeweller to the kings’ in his native Vienna.
Ernst’s son, Erwin, joined his father in the business in 1918. After Ernst died in 1929, Erwin carried on the business alone. The firm exhibited at fairs both in Europe and in New York which exposed it to an ever-increasing clientele.
It produced finely crafted pieces of jewellery influenced by the Art Deco period which were often inspired by the natural world with motifs such as flowers, leaves and fruit.
At the Jewellery & Watches sale at Roseberys London on September 26 this carved hardstone and diamond flower brooch c.1915, in the form of an alpine gentian, is estimated at £4000-6000.
With carved chalcedony leaves, bud and flower, and enamel stamen, to rose-cut diamond set stem, mounted in silver and gold, the brooch is signed E. Paltscho Wien and is 6cm long. It comes in the fitted maker’s case.
Olivia Dell’s love of textiles began back in the 1970s, when she created wedding dresses and bespoke fashion designs using antique lace and vintage materials. Her innovative creations soon caught the attention of the fashion world, selling to the glitterati in London, Amsterdam, New York and Florida, with the King of Jordan’s sister and pop star Lulu among her clients.
She travelled extensively seeking out rare and beautiful fabrics, beads, and much more. In Istanbul, for example, she sourced the material for the sash worn by actor Johnny Depp in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
Now retired, Dell has entrusted Mallams to auction her collection of treasures at the Country House Sale in Cheltenham on September 27.
This large red ground suzani (a Central Asian hand-embroidered textile panel), pictured top, is from Uzbekistan c.1940. Woven with coffee pots and carnations, it measures 9ft 4in x 7ft 6in (2.85 x 2.28m) and is estimated at £200-300.
This rare Britains toy The New Mechanical Equestrienne dates from c.1880 and is driven by a fly wheel. As the mechanism rotates the rider jumps the post and then lands on the horse’s back.
The equestrienne figure still wears the original tissue paper costume. With some minor age wear it is otherwise in generally very good condition and is contained in a partial original box base with printed lid label. The estimate at Vectis in Stockton-on-Tees on September 21 is £300-500.
This 18th century Coade stone figure of Father Time seated on a rock, holding an hour glass, is stamped Coade, London 1792, with the bronze sundial engraved I. Coggs, London fecit.
Businesswoman Eleanor Coade (1733-1821) ran her Lambeth Manufactory from 1769. The firm was devoted to creating stoneware of high-quality, artificial ceramic-like stone. She was known for being ferocious in her quality control and a very good promoter of her products.
This figure is guided at £20,000-30,000 at Summer Place Auctions in Billingshurst on September 26.
One of the most important collections of Manchester United memorabilia to appear at auction in a generation will be offered by Graham Budd on September 28.
Assembled over the last 25 years by Paul Atkinson, a lifelong fan of the Red Devils, it includes over 300 lots.
The collection features the 1968 European Cup-winners medal awarded to Bill Foulkes, the defender who – alongside Bobby Charlton - was one of only two survivors of the Munich air disaster in the team that went on to conquer Europe a decade later. One of only 12 issued, and one of the last in private hands, it is expected to realise £40,000-60,000.
The collection is part of a larger auction of over 650 lots of memorabilia entirely dedicated to United.
Pictured here is an Estudiantes v Manchester United FIFA World Club Championship programme from September 25, 1968, which was not available to the public and just given to directors/management/press.
The inaugural Chinese & Asian Works of Art sale at Plymouth Auctions Rooms takes place on September 26.
It includes this Ming cloisonné enamel and gilt-bronze six-lobed bowl and cover or zhadou dated to the 15th or 16th century. The estimate is £3500-4000.
Personal documents and movie ephemera feature in the Peter Cushing sale at Canterbury Auction Galleries on October 1.
Guided at £350-500, this sketchbook, 4½ x 7½in (11½ x 19cm), has many pencil drawings by the English actor (1913-94), some with watercolour, and is bound with hardback red leatherette covers.
Cushing’s acting career spanned over six decades and included appearances in more than 100 films, as well as many television, stage and radio roles. He achieved recognition for his leading performances in the Hammer Productions horror films from the 1950s to 1970s, and as Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars (1977) where he was in charge of operations on the Death Star.
On September 20, Gloucestershire saleroom Chorley’s is offering what it bills ‘the largest known private collection of exceptionally rare antique sedan chairs’.
The group was amassed by the late Stephen Loft-Simson, a world-renowned specialist on the subject, and includes items that have been used in historical dramas and films and history and antiques TV programmes.
Shown here is the earliest known example of a sedan chair in the UK.
The leather Turin chair dates from c.1750 and is thought to have been imported to Britain in the 19th century. It was purchased by Robert Holland-Martin (1872-1944), a former chairman of Martin’s Bank, from Robinson & Fisher of South Kensington in 1937. It was displayed for many years at the Overbury Museum, in the Cotswolds before being purchased by Loft-Simson.
In black leather with gilded decorative details, it is estimated at £1500-2000.
Horses & Their Pedigrees, a compilation of 34 plates of racehorses engraved by H Roberts, Parr and Canot after T Spencer, will be offered at Forum Auctions on September 26.
Even in 1922 WS Sparrow noted in British Sporting Artists that finding a complete version was “rare no doubt, because so many of the copies have been broken up in order that the prints might be sold one by one”.
According to Forum, the last auction record of a complete copy of this particular edition appears to be the sale of the HRH The Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, held at Christie’s, South Kensington (January 26, 2006, lot 599, which sold for £66,000 including premium).
The edition at Forum has a guide of £4000-6000.
Born into a large working-class family in West Belfast, artist Gerard Dillon (1916-71) moved to London at the age of 18.
Although he spent most of his time between Belfast, Dublin and London, Dillon often returned to the west of Ireland, lured back by its beauty. He depicted snapshots into the way of life in the region, from domestic scenes and workers in the fields to images of the ethereal landscapes.
His oil on board Couple on a Cart, measuring 33 x 42.5cm (13 x 16¾in), is set with a moody west of Ireland background and is guided at €30,000-40,000 on September 27 at Adam’s in Dublin.
A timed online sale ending on September 24 at 1818 Auctioneers in Milnthorpe features Blue Hyacinths, c.1960, by Winifred Nicholson (1893-1981), who spent some time in Cumbria.
The painting showcases her love of the still-life subject matter within a landscape setting. Typical of her style, it also reflects her Impressionist influences in her use of brushstrokes.
Measuring 2ft 1in x 2ft 5in (63 x 74cm), or 2ft 4in x 2ft 9in (72 x 84cm) in its frame, the painting appears in Christopher Andreae’s book Winifred Nicholson. The estimate is £7000-10,000.
This piece of sporting memorabilia comes from the collection of David Hoffman. He has been collecting match-worn shirts for more than 20 years with a focus on football in England.
In 2009 Hoffman went on a tour of Ireland where he acquired this number 7 shirt from the family of George Best’s teammate Shay Brennan, to whom Best had given the shirt when he moved to play in the US.
It was worn by Best during the earlier part of his career with Manchester United in 1960s and has an Umbro mark on the collar and to the lower hem.
At Hyperion in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, on September 23 it has an estimate of £4000-6000.
This 1960s gold Longines wristwatch features in Reeman Dansie’s Fine Art sale in Colchester on September 26-27. It was owned by Douglas Wilmer and is from a collection of items from the actor’s estate.
Wilmer was a leading figure of stage and screen in the 1950s-60s, but is best remembered for his BBC portrayal of Sherlock Holmes which the The Sherlock Holmes Society of London described as its ‘definitive Holmes’.
A highlight of the 19th Century and British Impressionist Art sale at Bonhams New Bond Street on September 27 is a work by Sir Alfred Munnings (1878- 1959).
Among the most familiar paintings of his early period, The old gravel pit, Swainsthorpe dates from 1907, a time when the artist had not yet acquired national recognition nor the status of society painter that came after the First World War. Without demands of patrons, he was free to choose his own compositions and themes, experimenting with light and colour effects under natural light conditions, previously pioneered by the Impressionists.
Munnings created a series of pictures of various ponies grazing in gravel or sand pits. Although the works all depict equine figures, the real subject of these pictures was the light effects as the sun beat down from above and shimmers off the sandy walls of the pits.
This work, measuring 76cm x 1.27m (2ft 6in x 4ft 2in), was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1908 and The Munnings Museum, Dedham, from 1974-79.
The estimate is £300,000-500,000.