A Queen Victoria display vase and miniature table clock are among the five lots to watch


Cast of the Warwick Vase by John Samuel Hunt, London 1845 – estimate £20,000-30,000 at Chiswick Auctions.

1. Victorian Display Vase

This Victorian Royal Warwick display vase and horse racing trophy (pictured above), known colloquially as “Her Majesty’s Vase”, has been rediscovered and will be offered at Chiswick auction. This cast of the Warwick Vase by John Samuel Hunt, London 1845, was given by Queen Victoria to Sir John Barker-Mill, 1st Baronet (1803-60), owner of giantesswinner of Her Majesty’s Vase at the Plymouth, Devonport and Cornwall races in 1845.

Estimated between £20,000 and £30,000, it came by descent and retains its blackened wooden base applied with two rectangular plaques, one finely engraved with the royal coat of arms, the other with a presentation inscription. It weighs 138 ounces.

It will be offered at the Chiswick Silver Sale which has been postponed from the announced date of February 25 to March 3.

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2. English Phonograph


Axton Grand English phonograph patented in 1903 – estimate £3000-5000 at Sworders.

A fine collection of “mechanical music” and records formed by the late Russell Malcolm Barnes includes the Axton Grand – an English phonograph patented in 1903.

Archival evidence refers to these machines being demonstrated in 1904, but it seems only a handful were produced before the company dissolved in 1906. Possibly the first to appear at auction, it is expected to fetch 3 £5,000-£5,000 at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet in March. 1.

Malcolm Barnes, who worked in intelligence gathering at Bletchley Park and GCHQ, was a prolific collector of jazz, blues, opera and music hall recordings and the mechanical devices on which to play them. The collection will be offered in 71 lots.

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3. Regency chest of drawers


Regency rosewood chest of drawers inlaid with brass in the style of John McLean – estimate £3000-5000 at John Nicholson.

On March 1, John Nicholson’s in Fernhurst will sell the collection of Derrick Trewethey (1922-2021).

The grandson of the founder of Trethewey and Sons Auctioneers in Plymouth, he became a chartered engineer after the war, working at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington and later at the Admiralty Underwater Weapons Establishment in Portland. He then moved to London in 1966 to work as a mining machinery consultant to the Department of Trade and Industry.

Trewethey and his wife Christine built up a fine collection of furniture and artwork during their retirement. This Regency rosewood chest of drawers inlaid with brass in the style of John McLean is estimated at £3000-5000.

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4. Automaton table clock


Miniature table clock with a rocking automaton, probably made in Guangzhuo workshops in the early to mid-19th century – estimate £3,000-5,000 at Dreweatts.

Mechanical clocks were an important commodity when it came to maintaining healthy trade relations between London and the Chinese court. However, the Qing emperors’ interest in watchmaking was such that the imperial workshops were expanded to begin production in China.

Although very much in the European style, this 16 inch (40 cm) gilt brass miniature table clock with a rocking automaton was probably made in Guangzhuo workshops in the early to mid 19th century.

At the Dreweatts Clocks sale in Newbury on March 2, it is expected to fetch £3,000-5,000.

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5. Photo by Jules Breton


Jules Breton oil on canvas titled Two Harvesters – estimate £25,000-35,000 at Woolley & Wallis.

The Old, British and European Paintings sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on March 1-2 includes, estimated at £25,000-35,000, this oil on canvas by Jules Breton (1827-1906) titled two reapers.

Last auctioned in 1986 at Sotheby’s, it was purchased by the seller’s parents at the Pyms Gallery in London.

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