Bishop & Miller in Stowmarket is selling the collection of Diana Steel on September 28. Steel, who died last year, founded The Antique Collectors Club with her husband John, from her kitchen table in 1966. There can scarcely be a dealer, auctioneer or collector who doesn’t own at least one of her books. She sold the company, now called ACC Art Books, in 2016.
The eclectic sale of 299 lots includes this 13in (33cm) early 18th century delft Adam and Eve charger with a sponged border (pictured above). Broken and repaired, it is estimated at £500-700.
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The Silver Sale at David Duggleby in Scarborough on September 28 features this Edwardian silver novelty pin cushion in the form of a bicorn hat. Hallmarked for Solomon Blanckensee & Sons of Birmingham (the date letter is worn and indistinct), it is guided at £100-200.
The first editor of The Yellow Book, the British quarterly of the 1890s associated with Aestheticism and decadence, was Aubrey Beardsley. He was credited with the idea of the yellow cloth cover.
This run from April 1894-April 1897 covers the first 13 issues and features literary and artistic contributions from Beardsley, Walter Sickert, John Buchan, Kenneth Grahame, HG Wells, Laurence Housman and WB Yeats.
At Tennants’ Books, Maps & Manuscripts sale in Leyburn on September 29, it is expected to bring £500-800.
This carved sandstone font with an octagonal bowl and square case is possibly as early as Norman. At Locke & England in Leamington Spa on September 28 it has a guide of £600-800.
The sale of Fine Furniture, Decorative Arts and Effects at Wilkinson’s in Doncaster on October 1 includes this Fabergé silver, gilt, guilloché enamel and diamond compact. It has the maker’s mark AH for August Wilhelm Holmström or his son Albert Holmström (1876-1925).
The sale at Ma San Auction in Bath on September 29 features this 23in (58cm) French musician automaton of a monkey violinist. Made c.1900, probably by Phalibois of Paris, it is similar to another pictured in the 1988 book Automata & Mechanical Toy by Mary Hillier.
In working order, when wound and the start/stop pull activated the seated monkey begins at once to play his violin, with bow arm control to play all four strings, while the head turns to the side before lowering to examine the sheet music, opening his mouth and blinking in time.
Formerly in the stock of Portobello Road dealer Douglas Fisher Antique Automata, it has an estimate of £4000-6000.
This Arts & Crafts silver and polychrome enamel landscape brooch with blister pearl accent is signed to the reverse for the British Birmingham-based jeweller George Hunt (1892-1960). It has an estimate of £800-1200 at Kinghams in Moreton-In-Marsh on September 29.
This oil on canvas, to be offered for sale at Sloane Street Auctions in London on September 28, was probably painted in the Danish colony of the Virgin Islands c.1850.
The scene shows former slaves enjoying their newfound freedom at a wedding party held shortly after emancipation in 1848.
Denmark was the first nation to prohibit transatlantic slave transport but it was a slave rebellion in 1848 on St Croix that prompted Peter von Scholten, the governor of the Danish West Indies, to declare slavery abolished with immediate effect.
The Cotswold Auction Company will offer a painting by Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959) which has been in the same family collection since 1947.
Estimated at £30,000-50,000 in the next specialist pictures sale to be held at the Cirencester Bankside Saleroom on October 17, the work titled Barnet Fair is a small but evocative oil on canvas showing a scene from the leading 19th century horse fair regularly held in north London.
Certain characters and, indeed, animals appear regularly in Munnings’ work and this picture is no exception. It shows the grey pony which often features, together with a donkey and a boy in cap and red scarf, identified as Jimmy Betts. The same three are the focus of The Last of the Fair (an oil on canvas showing a slightly different group from the same fair and which at present hangs in the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston, Lancashire).
This work is signed and dated 1903 and measures 10 x 14in (25.5 x 36cm).
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The first day of the October 4-5 furniture and works of art sale at Woolley & Wallis includes items offered under the banner Kenneth Neame: An Enduring Legacy.
Neame began his career as an antique dealer after studying architecture at Cambridge. His first shop was in Handel’s House in Brook Street, Mayfair, and soon became the destination for clients staying at Claridge’s. After over 30 years in Handel’s House the business relocated to Mount Street in 1990.
Now, after seven decades of decorating and acquiring antiques for a glittering array of clients, Neame has closed his London business and is selling a selection of his remaining stock and items from his London home in Cadogan Square. The 227 lots are being offered without reserve.
This George III inlaid satinwood secretaire bookcase in the manner of Gillows, c.1790, a piece bought at Hansons in 2012 for a hammer price of £20,500, is guided at £5000-8000.
Shown here is one of three early works by Mary Fedden (1915-2012) that Gorringe’s of Lewes is offering on October 3.
A 23½ x 19½in (60 x 50cm) oil on canvas signed and dated 1948, this Portrait of Professor Robert Donington, playing the Viola de Gamba is estimated at £10,000-15,000.
Robert Donington (1907-90) was educated at St Paul’s School, London, and studied at the University of Oxford. His expert knowledge of early instruments and the interpretation of pre-classical music owed much to a period of study with Arnold Dolmetsch at Haslemere, Surrey.
In the late 1940s Donington shared a studio with his friend Julian Trevelyan. There he met Mary Fedden and although already married, became enamoured with her. By repute, in an effort to cool his pursuit of Fedden, his wife encouraged him to commission work from her and thus place their relationship on a more professional basis.
Fedden painted his portrait as well as a view of Donington’s holiday home, a converted fisherman’s hut at Cadgwith (also on offer guided at £15,000-20,000). He also acquired a further work from her, The Lion and the Lamb. Regardless of Donington’s affections, Fedden married Trevelyan.
This rare Hermann Steiner (Germany) bisque head and painted composition doll comes in an original cardboard box promoting Ivy Soap.
The printed labels read Use Ivy Soap and Mother Shipton’s Soap. You Can Get This Doll for 24 Outside Wrappers and 1/- Postal Order, Address to Goodwins, Ordsall Lane, Manchester.
Offered as part of a collection of toys and dolls from a Derbyshire home, it has a guide of £400-600 at Bamfords in Derby on October 10.