Iznik dish, Ottoman Anatolia, early 17th century, estimate £2000-3000 at Olympia Auctions.

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Olympia Auctions is selling a large collection of Iznik pottery dishes mostly dating from the late 16th to early 17th century from Ottoman Turkey in the sale of Islamic, Indian, Himalayan and south-east Asian Art on June 5. Shown above is an Iznik dish, Ottoman Anatolia, early 17th century.

Estimate £2000-3000.*


Kangxi period famille verte ‘birthday celebration’ vase, estimate £30,000-50,000 at Dreweatts.

Dreweatts conducts a sale titled The Palmer Family at Bussock Wood: Four Generations of Connoisseurship on June 4-5.

Descendants of the Victorian manufacturing giant Huntley & Palmer, the family home Bussock Wood was purchased by William Alexander Palmer in 1963 and housed an important collection including the Reginald and Lena Palmer Collection of Chinese Art, elements of which were sold by Christie’s in Hong Kong last year.

Among the highlights of more than 400 lots on offer in Newbury is this 17in (43cm) high Kangxi period famille verte ‘birthday celebration’ vase which was purchased by Ada Palmer (mother of Reginald Howard Palmer) and left under her will in 1953 to William Alexander Palmer.

Estimate £30,000-50,000.*


René Lalique Rampillon vase, estimated £300-500 at Bolton Auction Rooms.

This opalescent René Lalique Rampillon vase has a guide of £300-500 at Bolton Auction Rooms on June 3.*


Doulton painted faience ceramic panel by Hannah Barlow, estimated £300-500 at Eldreds.

Shown here is an unusual Doulton painted faience ceramic panel by Hannah Barlow, depicting a donkey and geese, with rabbits in a coop. It measures 7½ x 11½in (19.5cm x 29.5cm), with original sale label dated 1921 verso, the plaque having been bought directly from the Doulton Lambeth works.

It is currently in an oak frame and is estimated at £300-500 in Plymouth saleroom Eldreds’ Art & Antiques, Silver & Jewellery sale on May 30.*

This Viking era amulet dating from the 9th-11th century AD was believed to offer protection against ‘elfshot’.

The attack of elves was believed responsible for mysterious suffering in men and livestock, such as in rheumatism, arthritis or muscle stitches or cramps. Elves were thought to shoot darts or arrows at the places when pain had no obvious external cause. The occasional discovery of small arrowheads (the remains of Neolithic or Mesolithic flints) was thought proof of their existence.

These tiny 5/8in (16mm) amulets, in gold and carnelian and gold and glass come for sale at TimeLine in Harwick, Essex, as part of a five-day auction running from June 4-8. Each is estimated at £250-350.*

This impressive William De Morgan (1839-1917) charger decorated by Charles Passenger with a dragon among foliate measures 22in (55cm). It has a guide of £3000-5000 at Lodge & Thomas in Truro on May 30-31.*


Victorian chemist’s shop drawer units, estimated £800-1200 at Railtons.

This Victorian chemist’s shop fitting numbers 49 drawers across two units each more than 10ft (3m) across. In barn-fresh condition, it has an estimate of £800-1200 at Railtons in Wooler, Northumberland, on May 31.*


Original prototype artwork created for Hammer Horror Frankenstein Created Woman poster, estimated £3000-5000 at Ewbank’s.

Original horror film poster artwork from the collection of the late film critic Alan Frank (1937-2023), who wrote books such as The Horror Film Handbook and Horror Movies, Monsters and Vampires, comes to auction at Ewbank’s of Send, Surrey, on May 30.

Frank, a friend of Peter Cushing, was the film critic of the Daily Star for 35 years.

The artwork was created by two of the most celebrated film poster artists of the 20th century: Tom Chantrell (1916-2001), who designed posters for Star Wars, and Bill Wiggins (1917-2012), known for his 007 James Bond designs.

They include Chantrell’s original artwork for the 1967 Hammer Horror Frankenstein Created Woman starring Peter Cushing as Baron Frankenstein. The mixed media on board is the original prototype artwork created for the British Quad and Double Bill posters.

The imagery is a close match to the British Quad Poster, the difference being that the artwork shows only one branched tree on the left slope and, importantly, the Quad poster shows the woman clothed.

It had been thought that this original artwork had not survived. Offered with it will be the corresponding transparency. The estimate is £3000-5000.*


18ct gold and diamond replica brooch, estimated £2000-3000 at Lyon & Turnbull.

In 1993 The Scotsman newspaper in association with jeweller Hamilton & Inches ran The Jacobite Treasure Trail competition for its readers. Running over the course of two weeks, The Scotsman published maps and clues which followed the historic route of the 18th century Frenchman, Armand Vallet as he tried, and failed, to reach Prince Charles Edward Stuart.

This 18ct gold and diamond replica brooch of a stylised fleur-de-lis design was the first prize awarded to the successful treasure hunter. It has a guide of £2000-3000 at the Lyon & Turnbull Jewellery & Watches sale in Edinburgh on June 5.*


Gold mounted intaglio pendant, estimated £400-600 at Michael Bowman.

This gold mounted intaglio pendant is signed in mirror image capitals Marchant F. It comes for sale as part of a local deceased estate at Michael Bowman in Chudleigh, Devon, on June 1 with a guide of £400-600.

Nathaniel Marchant (1739-1816) was probably the most famous gem engraver of the 19th century, being prolific in both Italy and England.

In 1792 he published the Catalogue of One Hundred Impressions from Gems engraved by Nathaniel Marchant - listing the various subjects in his oeuvre and the names of the social elite who commissioned them. This particular subject (number 46 in the catalogue) is listed there as the 16th century Italian poet Torquato Tasso.*


British royal charity world premiere poster, estimated £10,000-20,000 at Propstore.

Estimated at £10,000-20,000 at Propstore’s May 30 auction in Rickmansworth, this British royal charity world premiere poster is described by the saleroom as “exceptionally rare”.

It was designed by Eddie Paul of FEREF (with finished artwork by Ralph McQuarrie) and intended to be deployed during a Stormtrooper ‘takeover’ of London in 1980 - an event now known in Star Wars history as ‘Empire Day’.

The real-world Empire Day was a holiday of the British Empire celebrated on May 24, Queen Victoria’s birthday. In 1954, it was rebranded as Commonwealth Day in the UK and the Commonwealth of Nations. The world premiere of Star Wars: Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back, was held in London on May 20, 1980, and the term ‘Empire Day’ was used in the event’s marketing.

The 20th Century Fox marketing department took full advantage of the film’s release date.

An army of Stormtroopers - in Jeeps and on foot - took to the streets of London, holding placards of this poster and handing out badges to build up excitement for the much-anticipated sequel.

Empire Day made the front page of the May 20, 1980, issue of the London Evening News and depicted the film’s cast giving the captain of the Concorde jet that flew them from the states the gift of a miniature Millennium Falcon.

The poster is presented unrestored in original flat, unfolded condition.*


Maxi Rone Cartier watch, estimated £40,000-90,000 at Watches of Knightsbridge.

The sale at Watches of Knightsbridge in London on June 1 includes this rare Maxi Rone Cartier watch. Made c.1972 it is one of only two examples known and the first time the model has appeared at auction. The watch, powered by a Jaeger-LeCoultre movement, is in original condition and guided at £40,000-90,000.*


Pair of Witton Daw & Co 16-bore double percussion pistols, estimated £1000-1500 at Woolley & Wallis.

Woolley & Wallis holds a sale of Medals, Coins, Arms, Armour and Militaria in Salisbury on May 30 where this pair of Witton Daw & Co 16-bore double percussion pistols is guided at £1000-1500.*