A symbolist triptych and a 12th-century charter are among five lots to watch

Symbolist triptych by French artist Clément Mère – estimate £12,000-18,000 at Bonhams.

1. Symbolist triptych

The British and European Art sale at Bonhams on July 6 includes this Symbolist triptych by French artist Clément Mère (1861-1940).

Mother is best known as a decorative artist producing furniture, fabrics and small desk and vanity items. His pictorial works are scary (fewer than 20 works on canvas by the artist are currently known), with this 1887 triptych of figures in a bucolic landscape painted when the artist was 26 at the request of a private Parisian client.

Estimate £12,000-18,000.

2. Roman reproductions in silver


Scalloped circular dish from Brook & Son of Edinburgh copied from a Roman silver hoard – estimate £500-600 at Lawrences in Crewkerne.

The Silver and Virtue sale at Lawrences in Crewkerne on July 5 includes a range of coins copying the Roman silver hoard found during excavations at Traprain Law Fort, South Forth in East Lothian in 1919.

Brook & Son of Edinburgh was authorized to make a series of reproductions of coins buried in the 5th century. Now available in four sets, they include this 12″ (30cm) scalloped circular dish with swan-shaped handles and an engraved center medallion of a goddess riding a mythical creature under the sea.

Tagged for Brook & Son, Edinburgh 1921it weighs 38oz and is estimated at £500-600.

3. First edition of the celestial world book


A copy of The Celestial World Discover’d: Or, Conjectures Concerning the Inhabitants, Plants and Productions of the Worlds in the Planets – estimate £2000-3000 at Hansons.

A copy of The Celestial World Discovered: Or, Conjectures Concerning the Inhabitants, Plants, and Productions of the Worlds of the Planets, was discovered at a review event at the Fosseway Garden Centre, Moreton-in-Marsh.

The first edition – published in 1698 – was written by Christiaan Huygens (1629-95) in English and Latin. The version estimated at £2,000-3,000 at Hansons Library auction on July 5 at Bishton Hall in Staffordshire is in English. It was based on his Cosmotheros, which first appeared in Latin in The Hague in 1698.

It is illustrated with five fold-out plates and was printed for Timothy Childe ‘at the White Hart at the west end of St Paul’s Church Yard, London’.

Huygens examined questions of habitability of other planets, such as dark and light spots on the Moon, Mars, and Jupiter indicating water, and the existence of extraterrestrial life.

4. English Charter


Northern England charter from the last decades of the 12th century – estimate £400-600 at Bloomsbury Auctions.

The sale of Western Manuscripts and Miniatures at Bloomsbury Auctions in London on July 6 includes this northern England charter from the last decades of the 12th century.

Estimated between £400 and £600, the single sheet written in 11 long lines is a confirmation by ‘Wiemar, son of Warin’ of his father’s grant of a garden in his grounds at St Leonard’s Hospital in York. The list of witnesses begins here with Hamo, the “cantor” of York Minster.

The document, formerly in the famous collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), is offered for sale by the London library of Martin Schøyen.

5. Kangxi Period Vase


Kangxi period scroll landscape vase – estimate £15,000-25,000 at Alastair Gibson.

The sale of Asian artworks organized by Alastair Gibson in London on July 6 includes this landscape scroll vase typical of the Kangxi period (1662-1722). Measuring 19 inches (48 cm) high, it is painted in underglaze blue with scholars in a mountainous landscape accompanied by an attendant wearing a qin.

From a private English collection, it is priced between £15,000 and £25,000.

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