Large bronze by German sculptor Fritz Behn, estimate £10,000-15,000 at Roseberys.

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This large bronze by German sculptor Fritz Behn (pictured above) dates from the first half of the 20th century. The imposing Jugendstil sculpture, modelled as a panther attacking a woman, comes with interesting provenance, having once belonged to George Paveliev Gibbes, adopted son of Charles Sydney Gibbes, tutor to the children of Emperor Nicholas II of Russia.

It is estimated at £10,000-15,000 in Roseberys’ auction in south London on February 20.


Doccia baluster form coffee pot, c.1747-50, estimate £2000-3000 at Woolley & Wallis.

The sale of Fine Pottery & Porcelain at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on February 21 incudes the Mavis Watney collection of Doccia porcelain. It will be offered in 17 lots.

The ‘a stampino’ designs at Doccia were developed during the factory’s first period and are believed to have been developed using real flowers which were copied as cut-outs for the copper plate. This rare baluster form coffee pot, c.1747-50, stencilled in underglaze blue with the spout formed as the head of a mythical dolphin or swan, has a guide of £2000-3000. The cover is lacking.


A 2nd century pair of Roman gold rings made for a married couple, estimate £3500-4500 at TimeLine.

Dating to the 2nd century, this pair of Roman gold rings were made for a married couple.

The two matching solid hoops with expanding shoulders and each set with a dark blue nicolo intaglio, one bearing a profile bust of a young Hercules, and the other with a profile bust of a woman wearing a taenia or a wreath on her head.

They come for sale as part of the mammoth five-day dispersal at TimeLine Auctions on March 5-9 from a London collection with an estimate of £3500-4500.


Pair of Victorian bone passes to the Doncaster Racecourse, estimate £400-600 at Noonans.

The sale of British trade tokens, tickets and passes at Noonans in London on February 21 includes this pair of Victorian bone passes to the Doncaster Racecourse. One was made for Egremont William Lascelles (1825-92) of Harewood, Leeds, a prominent figure at race meetings in Yorkshire from the late 1840s until the late 1870s.

The second pass was presumably used by his wife, Jessie Elizabeth, née Malcolm (1829-1900), who married Lascelles in December 1856. One cracked and repaired, they are guided at £400-600.


Painting by Gaston La Touche commissioned for the SS France liner, estimate £8000-12,000 at Dreweatts.

Dreweatts is offering a painting commissioned for one of the most luxurious ships of the 1900s, the SS France. She was known as the ‘Chateau de l’Atlantique’, or the ‘Versailles du Mer’, as the interiors were opulently decorated in the gilded Louis XIV style, emulating the Palace of Versailles.

The large-scale painting is by French painter, illustrator, engraver and sculptor Gaston La Touche (1854-1913), who was asked to create a large panel work to go above the staircase in the grand two-tiered First-Class dining room.

Following its time on the ship it passed to the private collection of Henri Cangardel, chairman of the Compagnie Transatlantique French Line, and then entered another private collection in London. Its whereabouts was then unknown until it emerged for exhibition in 2015 after 25 years.

The work is now estimated at £8000-12,000 in the February 21 auction being staged in Newbury, Berkshire.


Platinum and diamond brooch in a Catchpole & Williams case, estimate £500-600 at Davidson Reid.

This platinum and diamond brooch in a Catchpole & Williams case is expected to bring £500-600 at Davidson Reid in Aberdeen as part of a timed online sale closing on February 29.


Rimini Blu owl money box, estimate £100-150 at Bolton Auction Rooms.

The distinctive Rimini Blu ceramics were created in the early 50s by Aldo Londi, the former art director of Bitossi ceramics.

A collection of these mid-century animals, still made today by Bitossi, is included in the March 4 sale at Bolton Auction Rooms. This 8in (20cm) owl money box is guided at £100-150.


Victorian oak and gunmetal walking stick engraved to the knop with a view of ships at sea and to the collar with the inscription Mary Rose Sunk 1545 Raised 1840, estimate £1000-1500 at Sworders.

Items from the remarkable collection of Warner Dailey come to auction this month. Some 300 lots from the south-east London home of the Anglo-American art and antiques dealer will be sold in a single-owner sale at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet on February 22.

Having bought and sold an estimated 100,000 objects in his career, Dailey’s home in Lewisham groans under the weight of pictures, natural history specimens, tribal art, exotic textiles and curios.

“Collecting has been almost everything in my life. It is a constant stimulation that you can’t get from anything else. What I value most is the gathering, the learning and the experience of what these objects give you.” The three words he uses to describe the collection are “historic, eclectic, and unusual”.

Expected to bring £1000-1500 is this Victorian oak and gunmetal walking stick engraved to the knop with a view of ships at sea and to the collar with the inscription Mary Rose Sunk 1545 Raised 1840. It is thought to have been made from materials salvaged from the wreck of Henry VIII’s flagship by Charles and John Deane. Contracted to remove wrecks from the Solent by the Admiralty, they had developed the first practical diving suit in 1837 with assistance of Augustus Siebe.


First edition of The Palm-Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola published in 1952, estimate £150-250 at Thomson Roddick.

The Palm-Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola published in 1952 was the first novel by this Nigerian author and the first African novel published in English outside Africa. It was praised by Dylan Thomas as a “brief, thronged, grisly and bewitching, tall, devilish story”.

This first edition in its dust jacket has a guide of £150-250 in the book sale at Thomson Roddick in Carlisle on February 15.


Lucie Rie oblong-shaped porcelain bowl c.1960, estimate £1200-1800 at Bellmans.

Bellmans’ February 19-21 auctions held in West Sussex include this Lucie Rie (1902-95) oblong-shaped porcelain bowl c.1960, the exterior with manganese glaze and scraffito decoration, with impressed artist’s seal. The 6 x 3in (15.5 x 8cm) bowl is estimated at £1200-1800.


Tiny gold Quarter Stater minted in east Wiltshire by a mysterious Celtic tribe in 32-30BC, estimate £2000-2500 at RWB Auctions.

On February 14 Wiltshire saleroom RWB Auctions will be holding its first specialist coin sale offering 517 lots ranging across ancient, modern, milled, and hammered issues, as well as modern numismatic collectables and an extensive collection of medals.

Shown here is an item found in Royal Wootton Bassett, where the saleroom is based, by a metal detectorist: a tiny (10mm diameter, 1.22gms) gold Quarter Stater minted in east Wiltshire by a mysterious Celtic tribe in 32-30BC.

Known as a ‘Savernake Wheel’ type Quarter Stater, it is one of only seven extant.

Estimate £2000-2500.

Auctioneum is selling an 1806 indenture signed by William Wilberforce regarding his property at Kensington Gore, London.

Wilberforce lived at Gore House between 1808-21 in the years following his successful lobbying for the Slave Trade Act of 1807.

Signed twice by him and by the property’s prior owner Rev William Beaumont Busby, the indenture is offered with an estimate of £400-600 in the Books and Works on Paper sale in Bath finishing on February 28.


La Logie (1929) by Sir William MacTaggart, estimate £5000-7000 at Tennants.

Highlights of the Modern and Contemporary Art Sale on March 2 at Tennants in North Yorkshire include La Logie (1929) by Scottish artist Sir William MacTaggart (1903-81).

The painting, which was once in the Collection of Donald McKay, has previously been on loan to Kirkcaldy Art Gallery & Museum and was exhibited at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Estimate £5000-7000.