Five of the best forthcoming auctions

Don't miss the chance to bid on some unusual and beautiful pieces at these significant auctions

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Here’s our pick of five standout auctions to look out for, with pieces ranging from unusual 1700s coffee cans to carriages fit for a king.

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20th Century and Contemporary Art & Design at Chiswick Auctions, London

24th February

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Star lots in Chiswick Auctions’ 20th century and contemporary sale include a pair of 1950s chairs by Charles Eames for Herman Miller (estimate £180-£250) and a Merrow Associates 1960s table (£150-£250) as well as some stunning 1930s art deco pieces. A must for fans of mid-century work. 020 8992 4442; chiswickauctions.co.uk

25th February

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With 350 lots including rare and collectable Pilkington’s Lancastrian and Ruskin Pottery ceramics, this sale promises sought-after treasures for fans of designers such as Lucie Rie, Shoji Hamada and Gordon Forsyth. All of the pieces belonged to the late Nick Rocke, a music shop owner from Bournemouth. Expect estimates in the region of £700 to £1,000. 01722 424500; woolleyandwallis.co.uk

4th March

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Roy Davids was head of the manuscripts and books department of Sotheby’s for many years before turning his hand to manuscript dealing himself. He was also a tireless collector of decorative arts including works by Voysey and Christopher Dresser and bronzes by the likes of Elisabeth Frink and Henry Moore. 020 7447 7447; bonhams.com

March 4th & 5th

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Cheffins will sell the collection of the internationally renowned conductor Christopher Hogwood over three sales, the first of which is on 4th and 5th March. Unsurprisingly Hogwood’s collection revolves around a musical theme but varies from ceramic pieces to paintings. He also had a fascinating collection of nearly 1,400 late 18th and early 19th-century coffee cans – the largest in the country. The second two sales will be on 19th March and 30th April. Estimates from £100. 01223 213343; cheffins.co.uk

7th March

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A barouche and a waggonette break used in the 19th century by rival champagne houses Veuve Clicquot and Moët & Chandon are the stars of this unusual sale. Another highlight is a coach from the Royal British Mews described by the Duke of Edinburgh as ‘the pride of North America’. If nothing else, it’s worth popping along for a close-up look at the transport of yesteryear. 01865 892314; bonhams.com