A floral still life and an oak sideboard are among the seven lots to watch



Daffodils and Irises by Reuven Rubin – estimate £15,000-20,000 at Henry Adams.

1. Floral still life

Henry Adams of Chichester, West Sussex, donates a still life by Reuven Rubin (1893-1974) on July 14. The Romanian-born Israeli artist moved to what was then Ottoman-ruled Palestine in 1912, later becoming Israel’s first ambassador. in his native Romania.

This representation of Daffodils and Irises (pictured above) was exhibited at the Arthur Tooth Gallery in London in 1938 and has since descended in the local seller’s family. The 2-foot-4-inch x 20½-inch (72 x 52 cm) oil on canvas is signed in English and Hebrew, as is the case with most of Rubin’s works.

Estimate £15,000-20,000.

2. Cheese strainer


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Ash and fruitwood cheese colander on flared tripod legs – estimate £200-300 at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood.

On July 11 and 12, Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood in Exeter will sell Robert Deeley’s collection of antiques, vernacular crafts and domestic ironwork. The auction is titled The Cauldron, the Spit and the Fire, after Deeley’s reference book of the same name published in 2011.

This ash and fruitwood cheese strainer on flared tripod legs has an estimate of £200-300.

3. Pot of mustard


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Vermeil George IV mustard jar by John Bridge, London, 1825 – estimate £6000-8000 at Woolley & Wallis.

This John Bridge, London, George IV silver vermeil mustard jar, 1825, is modeled as a laughing monkey standing beside a cooper barrel. The spoon is associated by also stamped for Rundell Bridge and Rundell and for London 1824.

A similar example was sold by Bonhams in 2008 as part of a fancy silver animal collection. This will go on sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on July 12-13 with expectations of £6,000-8,000.

4. Darwin Orchid Book


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First edition of On the various artifices by which British and foreign orchids are fertilized by Charles Darwin – estimate £1500-2000 to Lyon & Turnbull.

On the various artifices by which British and foreign orchids are fertilized is Charles Darwin’s first published work after the The origin of species.

He called the book a “flanking move” on the enemy as it addressed the issue of design in nature. Orchid flowers were not beauty in itself, or created for the enjoyment of humans, but adaptations to facilitate reproduction and cross-pollination by insects.

This first edition copy, one of 2000 printed by John Murray in 1862, bears the inscription Of the author in a clerical hand. It goes on sale at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on July 13 from the family of British botanist, geologist and palaeontologist Prof Richard G West (1926-2020) with a £1500-2500 guide.

5. Silk Images


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Example of a set of six late 17th century silk paintings for gift to Rogers Jones estimated at £6,000-8,000.

This is an example of a set of six late 17th century silk paintings which will be offered at the Rogers Jones Selections and Collections auction on July 16 in Cardiff.

They depict scenes from the Old Testament Book of Tobias (Tobias), including ‘Tobias and the Angel’, ‘Tobias and the Fish’, ‘The Blindness of Tobias’, etc., with an additional showing the coat of arms of Payer von Flaach of Schaffhausen and dated 1677, all within molded walnut and oak frames with gilded engobe.

From a private collection in Wiltshire, then by descent, Rogers Jones says they were “consigned through our Cardiff office, with Quiet Street Antiques”.

The estimate for the set is £6,000-8,000.

6. Candelabra


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Victorian four-light silver candelabra presented to a high ranking British Army officer – estimate £5,000-8,000 at Tennants.

A four-light Victorian silver candelabra presented to a high-ranking British Army officer is among 160 lots of silverware and articles of virtue at Tennants’ jewelry, watches and silverware sale on July 16.

It was made by John Mortimer and John Samuel Hunt of London in 1840 and presented to Lieutenant-General The Right Honorable Sir Edward Blakeney (1778-1868) by Some friends in Dublin. The Leyburn, North Yorkshire auction estimate is £5,000-8,000.

7. Oak Sideboard


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Sideboard from Sand, a historic house in East Devon – estimate £1500-2000 at Chilcotts.

Sand, a historic house in East Devon, is sold for the first time in over 460 years. It has belonged to the Huyshe family since 1560.

Chilcotts of Honiton, also in Devon, sells a variety of items from the property that have been permanently installed in the house, including this intriguing sideboard.

An earlier house was rebuilt in 1594 by Roland Huyshe who, it seems, installed a large fire surrounded by oak panels and carvings. The house was remodeled by one of his descendants in the middle of the 19th century; it was at this time, according to the family’s hypothesis, that the trumeau was dismantled and the parts used to make an impressive sideboard. It has since stood at one end of the great Tudor hall.

A unique piece, it includes finely carved oak figures in the finest late 16th/early 17th century fashions, some of the original wall panels, and a centerpiece of the Royal Stuart coat of arms.

On July 16, the estimate is £1,500-2,000.

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