A Tunbridgeware writing slope and a John Betjeman watercolor are among seven lots to watch


Tunbridgeware writing slope – estimated £200-400 at Swan Fine Art in Tetsworth.

1. Tunbridgeware write slope

A sole proprietor content sale at Swan Fine Art in Tetsworth on March 10 includes, estimated at £200-400, this Tunbridgeware writing slope decorated with architectural scenes and vignettes of flora and fauna.

Complete with a fitted interior including two ink bottles, pen holder, original red velvet slope surface, it is the work of Henry Hollamby (1842-91), one of the Tunbridgeware exhibitors at the Great Exhibition in 1851 and the London International Exhibition in 1862. See this Tunbridgeware handwriting slope via thesaleroom.com.

2. Tennis Match Painting


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‘The Tennis Match’ by Josef Oppenheimer – estimated £5,000-7,000 at Bonhams.

This oil on board, The tennis matchby the German artist Josef Oppenheimer (1876-1966) was given to the current owner by the sculptor Dame Elisabeth Frink.

As part of the British and European art sale at Bonhams on March 9, it is on offer between £5,000 and £7,000. See this tennis match photo via thesaleroom.com.

3. Photo by John Betjeman


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A watercolor and pencil by John Betjeman which is autographed and inscribed with the original draft of the poem A Bay in Anglesey – estimate £4,000-6,000 at Parker Fine Art Auctions.

A watercolor and pencil by John Betjeman (1906-84) which is autographed and inscribed with the original draft of the poem A bay in Anglesey is estimated at £4,000-6,000 at Surrey Parker Fine Art Auctions on March 10. Dated 1963, it was produced for a family Betjeman was staying with in Anglesey.

The poem was first published in the Cornhill Magazines winter issue 1964-65 (a literary journal with noted contributors) and subsequently in a collection of poems entitled Up and down1966. The first print run was 16,100 copies, others printed the same month, and even more in January 1967, 1969 and 1975. It is one of many poems set to music (voice and piano) by Madeleine Dring .

The 7¾ x 9 inch (19.5 x 23 cm) sketch of Anglesey Bay is annotated in Betjeman’s hand with details in colors such as gray and green, yellow, golden gray and green.

It includes a sign indicating At the Meyricks. Betjeman believed he was a descendant of the Meyrick family, who lived at Bodorgan Hall in south-west Anglesey.

See this Betjeman watercolor via thesaleroom.com.

4. Solidus gold coin

A private collection of Roman coins will be offered by Stroud Auctions in Gloucestershire from March 9-11. This gold solidus issued in Constantinople for Honorius (393-423AD) is estimated at £250-350. See this gold solidus via thesaleroom.com.

5. Ladi Kwali Pot


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An incised terracotta water pot circa 1962 by Nigerian potter Ladi Kwali – estimated at £6,000-8,000 at Maak.

Workshop ceramics from the collection built up over 40 years by New York art dealer Dr John P Driscoll set many new benchmarks when they were sold at a joint auction by Maak and Phillips in 2021. The Art Sale of Fire has generated over £5 million.

Driscoll (whose specialty was Hudson River School photos) owned more than 1,600 pots and another 230 lots will be offered by Maak in a timed online sale titled East Meets West which will close on March 10.

It includes this circa 1962 incised terracotta water pot by Nigerian potter Ladi Kwali whose work reached new heights in The Art of Fire (a record £105,000). This 38cm high pot with zoomorphic motifs is estimated between £6,000 and £8,000.

6. Photo by Frank Shenton


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Early morning, Abney Church, Mossley by Frank Shenton – estimated £300-500 at Wilson.

Oil on board Frank Shenton Early morning, Abney Church, Mossleysigned and dated ’63has a £300-500 guide to the Northern Art sale at Wilson 55 in Nantwich on March 10.

Shenton (British 1920-1999) taught art at Tameside College for 30 years, exhibiting occasionally at the Royal Academy. His Ashton War Memorial watercolor was adopted by the Manchester Museum in 1991.

See this photo of Frank Shenton via thesaleroom.com.

7. Advertising sign


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An enamel advertising plate Agent for Collinsons Tea – offered with a starting bid of £160 at GW Railwayana.

This enamel advertising plate Agent for Collinsons Tea measures 12 x 8 inches (30 x 20 cm). Undamaged, it has a starting bid of £160 at GW Railwayana in Evesham on March 11-12. View this billboard via thesaleroom.com.

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