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