William de Morgan’s striking tile is one of five lots to watch this week

Large William de Morgan tile – estimate £ 1000-2000 at Woolley & Wallis on August 24-25.

1. William de Morgan tile

The Arts & Crafts and Design sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on August 24-25 features a number of William de Morgan tiles from the Jon Catleugh collection.

It’s fair to say that Catleugh had a wide range of interests. He has been described as an architect, designer, painter, collector and historian of ceramics. He was also the author of William De Morgan tiles.

The Woolley & Wallis sale features a number of William De Morgan tiles from their collection, offered alongside a variety of other items.

One of the lots offered is this large rare tile, illustrated above, which measures 10 inches (25 cm) square. It is painted with a portrait of a Renaissance lady in shades of blue, eggplant, green and yellow.

Estimate of £ 1,000-2,000.

See the catalog entry for this item on thesaleroom.com.

2. Portrait of William Hardie


Portrait of William Hardie by John Byrne, 1991 – estimate £ 4,000-6,000 at Great Western Auctions on August 28.

One of the foremost Scottish art specialists of his generation, William Hardie (1941-2021) passed away in January of this year and works from his collection are currently up for auction in Glasgow.

Having worked as curator, he joined Christie’s in 1977, creating the Scottish photography department which he managed until 1984. He launched William Hardie Fine Art in Glasgow, his West Regent Street gallery which has become famous for its finds and exhibitions.

On August 28, Great Western Auctions will offer items from his estate. The 291 lots in his collection, mainly paintings but also some furniture, ceramics and books, include a portrait of Hardie by John Byrne (born 1940). It is dated September 27, 1991 and is listed as a 50th anniversary gift.

Estimate £ 4000-6000.

See the catalog entry for this item on thesaleroom.com.

3. Countess Spencer’s dance bags


One of two early 20th century mesh dance handbags owned by Countess Spencer (1897-1972) – estimate £ 1,000 to £ 1,500 at Cheffins on August 26.

Two early 20th century mesh-style dance scholarships, owned by Countess Spencer, DCVO, OBE (1897-1972), will go under the hammer at Cheffins in Cambridge on August 26.

One of the dance purses is 9k gold and constructed of chain mail while the other is gold metal in a similar style.

Countess Spencer, paternal grandmother of Princess Diana and great-grandmother of Prince William and Prince Harry, was born Cynthia Ellinor Beatrix Hamilton. She married Viscount Althorp in 1919 and was appointed Queen Elizabeth’s maid in 1937. She continued the role after Elizabeth became Queen Mother in 1952 and remained in this post until her death.

Estimate £ 1000-1500.

See the catalog entry for this item on thesaleroom.com.

4. Century 21 TV numbers


Comic Book Auctions is offering TV Century 21 (1965-67) issues 1-140 with free giveaways – estimate £ 1800-2300 in the scheduled online sale ending August 29.

Comic book auctions offer Century TV 21 (1965-67) numbers 1-140 with the elusive free giveaway “Special Agent ID Card” with # 1 and “Special Agent Badge and Secret Coded Message Forms” with # 2.

The 140 issues are completed by the few The Thunderbirds are gone Special of 52 pages from 1966.

Century TV 21 in its production of the 1960s, several of the greatest comic book illustrators of their time were involved. Frank Bellamy and Don Harley drew the Thunderbirds, Mike Noble and Don Lawrence took turns at Fireball XL5, and Ron Embleton and Ron Turner drew the Daleks, Stringray and Captain Scarlet. Even Dan Dare’s creator Frank Hampson drew Lady Penelope in numbers 40-45.

The estimate is £ 1,800-2,300 in the timed online sale ending August 29.

See the catalog entry for this item on thesaleroom.com.

5. Summary of William Gear


‘Garden Project’ by William Gear, 1983 – estimate £ 4000-6000 at modern art auction August 24.

The Scarborough Modern Art Auction on August 24 features this late work by William Gear (1915-97).

Garden project, 1983, a 4x3ft (1.22mx 92cm) oil on canvas, is from a private UK collection and has a guide of £ 4000-6000.

See the catalog entry for this item on thesaleroom.com.

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