Canvas work

WWII submarine’s Jolly Roger flag is among six lots to watch


HMS Unbroken submarine ‘Jolly Roger’ – estimate £8,000-10,000 at Duke’s auction to be held at the Tank Museum.

1. Jolly Roger Flag

On May 14, Duke’s of Dorchester will hold its second Militaria auction in association with The Tank Museum (held live on the day)

This ‘Jolly Roger’ comes from the submarine HMS Uninterrupted. The ship conducted swashbuckling operations involving SOE members under the command of Peter Churchill.

Under the command of Lieutenant Commander Alastair Campbell Gillespie Mars, DSO, DSC & Bar, Uninterrupted sank 14 merchant ships and two warships during World War II. The stars and cannon represent four sunken merchant ships with the deck gun. The white bars represent merchant ships and the red bars represent warships. The daggers show that Uninterrupted undertook four “cloak and dagger operations”.

On June 26, 1944, Uninterrupted was loaned to the Soviet Navy; she was fired in 1949 and scrapped in 1950.

Estimated at £8000-10,000, the flag is from the estate of Petty Officer FC Sharp DSM, who served on Uninterrupted.

2. Finn Juhl Sofa


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Three-seater sofa, circa 1949, designed by Finn Juhl and executed by master cabinetmaker Søren Willadsen – estimate £20,000-30,000 at Phillips.

This three-seater sofa, circa 1949, designed by Finn Juhl (1912-89) and executed by master cabinetmaker Søren Willadsen, is being offered at the Spring Design Auction at Phillips in London on May 12, estimated at £20,000-30,000.

Also included in the auction is a two-seater sofa designed by Nanna (1923-2005) and Jørgen Ditzel 1921-61, executed by master cabinetmaker Knud Willadsen in 1949. Fewer than 10 sofas of this design were produced, one of which is the present. guided works between £12,000 and £18,000.

3. Victorian Chamber Stick


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By reputation, this silver chamber stick and snuffer with glass shade was a gift from Queen Victoria to her personal assistant John Brown – estimate £800-1200 at Catherine Southon.

By reputation this 15oz silver chamber stick and snuffer with glass shade, above, was a gift from Queen Victoria to her personal and favorite attendant John Brown (1826-1883). Severe From VR Christmas 1871 and initialed J.B.it has marks for Robert Garrard & Co, London, 1871.

It has an estimate of £800-1,200 at Catherine Southon’s two-day sale at Farleigh Court, Surrey, on May 10-11.

4. Longines wristwatch


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A Longines 14k pink golf tonneau case wristwatch dated 1915 – estimate £2,000-3,000 at Watches of Knightsbridge.

This rare Longines 14k pink golf tonneau case wristwatch is dated 1915. Retaining its original silver and blue enamel dial, the Longines Heritage Department has confirmed that it was delivered to the origin to the Longines Schwob agent in Russia.

It’s set to fetch £2,000-3,000 in the Modern, Vintage & Military Watches sale at Watches of Knightsbridge on May 14.

5. Leather Kangaroo


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Kangaroo leather footstool by Omersa for Liberty, circa 1960s – estimate €1000-1500 at Adam’s.

The Mid-Century Modern sale at Adam’s in Dublin on May 10 includes, estimated at €1,000-1,500, this 2ft 10in (85cm) kangaroo leather footstool by Omersa for Liberty, circa 1960.

Dimitri Omersa, a Yugoslav political prisoner held by Tito for 10 years after World War II, came to England in 1955. He and his wife Inge settled in Lavender Croft, a refugee sanctuary in Hitchin, and found work in the leather trade.

He took over the supply of leather pigs to Liberty of London in 1958 and began to introduce other animals into the range, including the top-selling rhino.

6. Photo by Julian Trevelyan


img_29-6.jpgOil on canvas by Julian Trevelyan titled Richmond Bridge – estimate £3000-5000 at Bellmans.

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Oil on canvas by Julian Trevelyan titled Richmond Bridge – estimate £3,000-5,000 at Bellmans.

A sale of modern British and 20th century art at Bellmans in Wisborough Green on May 10 includes a small collection of works by Mary Fedden and her husband Julian Trevelyan.

This 20 x 16 inch (51 x 41 cm) oil on canvas signed and dated Trevelian 88 is titled Richmond Bridge. It follows the composition of a work of the same title painted by James Tissot a century earlier. Estimate £3000-5000.