What to buy: three lots for sale for under £1000 this week

With estimates from £200-800 here are three previews of items offered at auctions on thesaleroom.com this week.


This watercolour of the Suffolk cloth town of Lavenham by Cyril Edward Power of Grosvenor School fame is estimated at £600-800 in Roseberys London on February 11.

1. A Suffolk watercolour - estimated at £600-800

This traditional topographical 10½ x 13½in (27 x 34cm) watercolour of the Suffolk cloth town of Lavenham is by Cyril Edward Power (1871-1951), the artist better known for his Vorticist prints made for the Grosvenor School. It was given to the previous owner c.1990 by the artist’s granddaughter.

It has a £600-800 guide at the sale of Modern & Contemporary British Art at Roseberys London in West Norwood on February 11. View and bid for this watercolour here.

2. Letters from Anglo-Irish writer Maria Edgeworth - estimated at £200-300


Cotswold Auction Company will offer works by the Anglo-Irish writer Maria Edgeworth on February 11 with estimates ranging from £200-300 for lots of correspondence to £4000-6000 for a suitcase-full of sketchbooks and notebooks relating her novels.

In February 2018 the Cotswold Auction Company in Cheltenham offered a small collection of works by the prolific Anglo-Irish writer Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849).

The vendor was a descendant of Frances Anne Beaufort (1769-1865) who (although actually a year younger than Maria) became her stepmother when her father Richard Lovell Edgeworth married for a fourth time.

More material from the same local source will be sold on February 11 this year – including a quantity of notebooks in which Maria sketches out the characters and plot developments for some of her better-known novels such as OrlandinoHarry and LucyPopular Tales and Parent’s Assistance.

A series of letters includes correspondence from Richard Bentley, her publisher at Bentley and Colburn, relating to Helen, her final novel, published in 1834.

Estimates range from £200-300 for lots of correspondence to £4000-6000 for a suitcase-full of sketchbooks and notebooks relating her many different novels

View and bid for this collection of letters here.

3. Stone engraving catalogue - estimated at £500-600

This engraved plate of a ‘river god’ as shown in an original late 18th or early 19th century trade catalogue for the celebrated Coade Artificial Stone Company. Still in its original leather binding, the catalogue includes engravings, working drawings and a price list for the figures, ornaments, urns and architectural devices.

The Lambeth firm, founded in the 1770s by the remarkable Eleanor Coade (1733-1821), pioneered a new building material: the first-ever ‘artificial stone’ made from a closely guarded recipe that mixed clay, terracotta, silicates, and glass.

The catalogue will be offered together with a copy of Alison Kelly’s 1999 book Mrs Coade’s Stone as part of The Gentleman’s Library sale at Bonhams in London on February 12.

Estimate £500-600. View and bid for this river god catalogue here.


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