A collection of decoy pigeons and a piano from the Great Exhibition are among the seven lots to watch

Flock of carved and painted wooden decoy pigeons – estimate £150-250 at Reeman Dansie.

1. Wooden decoy pigeons

This flock of carved and painted wooden decoy pigeons (above) feature in Reeman Dansie’s sale of the residual collection of Camden Passage antiques dealer Gordon Gridley.

The auction includes more than 300 lots of antiques, architectural salvage and curiosities and is due to sell without reserve on April 8. The eight lures are estimated between £150 and £250.

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2. Gothic style piano


Erard upright piano marketed at the time as the Elizabethan New Patent Grand Oblique – estimate £2,000-3,000 at Piano Auctions.

This Erard upright piano was marketed at the time under the name of New Elizabethan Oblique Grand Patent. Produced in a carved walnut box in the Gothic style with an openwork gilt metal gallery, this model of piano was presented at the Great Exhibition in 1851.

At the piano auction in Bedford on April 5, it is expected to fetch £2,000-3,000.

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3. Silver cribbage board


Late Victorian silver cribbage board – estimate £400-600 at Kings Russell.

This late Victorian silver cribbage board made for Goodall & Son of London is hallmarked for Mills & Co of Birmingham, 1891. At Kings Russell in London on April 5 it is expected to fetch £400-600.

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4. “Naïve” photo


afternoon tea by British-French ‘naive’ painter Dora Holzhandler – estimate £600-1000 at Charterhouse in Sherborne.

More than 50 modern photos collected by a seller in Derbyshire go on sale at Charterhouse in Sherborne on April 7. They include this scene titled afternoon tea by the Anglo-French “naive” painter Dora Holzhandler (1928-2015) estimated between £600 and £1,000.

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5. William III candlesticks


Pair of William III cast silver candlesticks, London 1700 – estimate £3000-5000 at Cheffins.

At the Cheffins Jewelery, Silver and Watches sale in Cambridge on April 7, this pair of cast silver William III candlesticks, London 1700, is estimated between £3,000 and £5,000.

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6. Ruby Brooch


Early 20th century brooch by Chaumet – estimate £1500-2000 at Woolley & Wallis.

The April 7 jewelery sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury features this early 20th-century natural pearl, caliber-cut ruby, diamond and white enamel brooch from Chaumet. Set in platinum and gold with French hallmarks and master’s mark by Joseph Chaumet, it is presented in a fitted Chaumet box. Estimate £1500-2000.

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7. golden frame


The Parker Fine Art Auctions fine paintings and frames sale includes a collection of frames by John Tanous at estimates ranging from £30 to £3,000.

Parker Fine Art Auctions’ fine paintings and frames sale in Farnham on April 7 includes a collection of frames from John Tanous, the long-established Chelsea framing company. The auction includes over 120 frames at estimates ranging from £30 to £3000.

Tanous was started in the early 20th century by Joseph and John Tanous. The business, which makes bespoke handmade furniture, has now moved to West Sussex. Among the lots is this 20th century English school frame estimated between £80 and £120.

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