A drawing by CRW Nevinson and artwork from Green’s Restaurant by Simon Parker Bowles are among six lots to watch


Drawing by CRW Nevinson which appears to be a preparatory study for the 1915 oil “A Flooded Trench on the Yser” and a subsequent engraving – estimate £ 40,000-60,000 at Forum Auctions.

1. Drawing by CRW Nevinson

An auction at the Forum in London titled The Best of British on December 14 features a number of works by Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson (1889-1946) from a private British collection.

This WWI pen and ink drawing appears to be a preparatory oil study from 1915 A flooded trench on the Yser and for the subsequent engraving of 1916.

There are a number of slight differences between this work and the two later versions, the most obvious being the absence of the Hokusai-esque rain that runs through the composition of the two later works.

The work depicts the aftermath of the decision taken by the Belgian government to open the dikes towards the North Sea at the end of October 1914 in the hope of slowing the rapid progress of the German advance. The torrent of water flooded an expanse of land 20 miles north of Ypres from Nieuport to Diksmuide.

Nevinson was in the area in November 1914 while working with the Friends Ambulance Unit.

Estimate £ 40,000-60,000. View this drawing by Nevinson via thesaleroom.com.

2. George II side table

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This photograph includes a painted William Kent-style George II side table valued at between £ 3,000 and £ 5,000 at Bonhams.

On December 14, Bonhams Knightsbridge is holding a collection sale including furniture and artwork from Stanley House in Chelsea.

The 17th century house was owned by Sir William Hamilton who built the living room in 1812 to display his casts of the Elgin Marbles. More recently, in the early 2000s, the interiors were designed by Nicky Haslam.

This photograph features a painted William Kent-style George II side table estimated at £ 3,000 to £ 5,000. See this table and more via thesaleroom.com.

3. Work of art from Green’s restaurant

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‘Wine Tasting’ by Sue Macartney-Snape signed and dated 85 – estimate £ 3000-5000 at Dreweatts in a timed online sale.

The works of art that adorned the walls of Green’s Restaurant and the Oyster Bar in St James’s, London, are being auctioned off in an online sale scheduled by

Dreweatts of Donnington Priory, Berkshire, until December 15.

The restaurant, which closed in 2016 after 34 years, is the creation of Simon Parker Bowles. From the moment it opened, Green’s became the haunt of well-known diners such as The Two Ronnies, Michael Winner, Sean Connery, Margaret Thatcher and the Royal Family. The artists were regulars as well, some drawing on location while they dined and others were specially commissioned by Parker Bowles’ wife, Carolyn, to create works of art that were to be admired while people ate.

Shown here, estimated at £ 3,000-5,000, is a 3ft 6in x 5ft (10.6 x 1.52m) pencil and watercolor titled Wine tasting by Sue Macartney-Snape (Tanzanian, born 1957), signed and dated 85. View this watercolor via thesaleroom.com.

4. Carved otter amulet

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A 19th-century carved walrus ivory and baleen amulet – one of two similar Inuit sculptures each valued between £ 4,000 and £ 6,000 at Woolley & Wallis.

This 19th century carved walrus ivory and baleen amulet, 3 inches (8 cm), shaped like a sea otter and her puppy, is on sale at the Woolley & Wallis Tribal Art and Antiques Auction at Salisbury on December 15.

This is one of two similar Inuit sculptures in the sale, each valued at between £ 4,000 and £ 6,000.

5. Photo of Berwick-upon-Tweed

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View of Berwick-upon-Tweed by Leonard Russell Squirrel, probably a trial copy – valued at £ 150-250 at McTear’s Timed Online Sale.

A timed online sale of images and prints at McTear’s in Glasgow includes this poster-sized color image of Berwick-upon-Tweed by Leonard Russell Squirrel (1893-1979).

This poster is usually found with a large title and the British Railways logo suggesting that this is a test print likely commissioned by LNER before nationalization in 1948.

At auction close on December 15th, a price of £ 150-250 is expected.

View this poster from Berwick-upon-Tweed via thesaleroom.com.

6. Anglo-Indian miniature cabinet in sandalwood and ivory

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Anglo-Indian miniature sandalwood and ivory office cabinet circa 1780-90 – estimate £ 5000-8000 at Swords.

This Anglo-Indian sandalwood and ivory miniature desk cabinet circa 1780-90, offered for sale in the Swords’ Fine Interiors sale on December 14 and 15, is typical of the export products created at Vizagapatam.

Standing at 61 cm (2 ft), it is fully decorated with penwork scenes of English country houses, landscapes and birds in deep foliage borders. Similar examples (this one may not have its original pediment) are illustrated in Amin Jaffer’s Furniture from British India and Ceylon (2001).

The estimate at Stansted Mountfitchet is £ 5,000-8,000.

See his firm via thesaleroom.com.


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