A Mouseman piece of furniture and the portrait of a psychologist are among the six lots to watch this week


‘Mouseman’ sideboard – estimate £3000-4000 at Chilcotts.

1. Mouseman Sideboard

Several items of mid-20th century ‘Mouseman’ furniture are due to be sold at Chilcotts of Honiton, Devon on September 10.

The furniture dates from the 1950s-60s and was collected by a Yorkshireman who had long admired the work of Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson and his workshop.

The offer includes a dining table with six chairs, a trolley, a blanket chest, a rocking chair, a fireside chair and, pictured here, a sideboard estimated at £3000-400.

Crafted from English oak, it stands on four octagonal legs and measures 6 feet wide x 18½ inches x 2 feet 8 inches high (1.82m x 47cm x 82cm).

2. Psychological study


Drawing of psychologist Henry Havelock Ellis by Desmond Harmsworth – estimate £200-400 at Parker Fine Art Auctions.

A drawing of psychologist Henry Havelock Ellis (1859-1939) by Desmond Harmsworth (1903-90) is among the paintings offered at Parker Fine Art Auctions on September 8.

The 13¼ x 9½ inch (34 x 24 cm) charcoal sketch is signed in pencil and estimated between £200 and £400.

Ellis was known for his studies of sexuality, eugenics, and the effects of psychedelic drugs. In 1891 he married writer and women’s rights activist Edith Lees, with whom he had an unconventional marriage, spending much of the year living apart.

Harmsworth, the son of Baron Harmsworth of Egham, was a poet as well as an artist. He was also an influential publisher who had writers such as James Joyce and Ezra Pound on his books. He created sketches of many of his literary associates, including Joyce and Osbert Sitwell, and held an exhibition of his works in London at the Wildenstein Gallery in 1938, and another at the Roland, Browse & Delbanco Gallery in 1954 .

This drawing was featured in a retrospective held at the Berkeley Square Galleries.

3. Miniature Portraits


Framed group of portrait miniatures in watercolor on ivory by Louis-Marie Sicardi – estimate £4000-6000 at Toovey.

The Fine Art sale at Toovey’s in Washington, West Sussex, on September 7 includes this framed group of watercolor on ivory miniature portraits of Louis-Marie Sicardi.

He was an official painter to the French court, working largely for Marie Antoinette and making miniatures such as these examples to present as diplomatic gifts. This group represents Louis XVI, Catherine II, Paul I, Leopold II, Frederick Christian VII, Denmark, one of them signed and dated 1785.

With a Colnaghi label on the back, it has a £4,000-6,000 guide.

4. William De Morgan Tiles


Three Fulham period animal tiles by William De Morgan 1898 ‘triple luster’ – estimate £800-1200 each at Lodge & Thomas.

Three William De Morgan 1898 ‘triple luster’ Fulham period animal tiles are on offer at Cornish saleroom Lodge & Thomas on September 9th.

Back stamped DM 98they measure 6 inches square and are valued between £800 and £1,200 each at the Truro Antiques, Collectables & Pop Culture Sale.

5. Mahogany sofas


Pair of 20th century ‘Chinese Chippendale’ mahogany sofas – estimate £1,000-2,000 at Duke.

A pair of 20th century ‘Chinese Chippendale’ mahogany sofas, each with shaped ridge rails on drilled and carved back splats, the square seats with floral patterned covers, on block legs with brackets drilled angle, goes on sale at Duke’s of Dorchester September 8.

Measuring 2ft 10in high x 4ft 1in wide (86cm x 1.24m) wide, they are estimated at £1,000-2,000.

6. Carved wooden figurines


Nine carved wooden figurines dating from the 19th century – estimate £800-1200 at Bellmans.

Included in Bellmans fine art auction at Wisborough Green, West Sussex on September 7 are nine carved wooden figures from the 19th century.

Possibly English folk art or “Sailor Art”, each is carved as an individual figure comprising a monk on a pedestal, a pair of standing female and male figures, a judge, a smiling figure and four others, some with inset glass eyes. The female figure stands 10 inches (26 cm) tall.

Estimate £800-1200.


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