Taking place from 15 to 16 November, Martel Maides’ ‘Fine Art, Antiques & Jewellery’ sale is awash with fascinating items. From an ivory marriage casket to a portrait of a prominent 18th century physician, a bedside set rumoured to have been by Queen Victoria, and more.

Let’s dive in.

Amazon and Greek warriors head to battle upon this exceptional carved ivory, parcel gilt and polychrome painted marriage casket. From the late-18th/early-19th century, from either North Italy or Southern Germany, this rectangular sarcophagus form has polychrome painted foliate and floral borders. It is repeated to the interior with painted female nude figures and painted armorial to the top centre. It measures 24.5 x 17.5 x 25.5 cm overall.

The casket may well have been a gift of courtship or a gift upon marriage, and was probably intended for an aristocratic female owner to keep her jewels and other valuables in.

This oil painting, Portrait of Thomas Lawrence, by George Romney (1734-1802) comes held in its original ‘Marrata’ frame, measuring 73.5 x 61 cm. The work was likely passed down through family descent until it was sold by Legatt Bros. in 1897. Since then it has been held in a private collection.

Born in London, Lawrence (1711-83) went up to Trinity College, Oxford in October 1727 and afterwards, having chosen medicine as his profession, moved to London, where he attended the anatomical lectures of Dr. Frank Nicholls and the practice of St Thomas's Hospital. He graduated M.B. at Oxford, 1736, M.D. 1740, and succeeded Nicholls as anatomical reader in the university, but resided in London, where he also delivered anatomical lectures.

In May 1744 Lawrence married Frances, daughter of Charles Chauncy, physician of Derby. They had six sons, one of whom was the eminent judge Sir Soulden Lawrence, and three daughters. About 1773, Lawrence's health began to fail. In 1782 he had an attack of paralysis, and in the same year moved from London to Canterbury, where he died on 6 June 1783.

This portrait was finished late in his life and certainly before he left London in 1782. His brother William and his family were individually painted by Romney in 1785, 1786 and 1788.

From c. 1972, this stunning Patek Philippe 18ct white gold gents wrist watch comes with a blue sunburst dial with white gold batons and hands, signed 'PATEK PHILIPPE GENEVE SWISS'. It has 18 jewel manual wind movement, calibre 23 300, and it comes with original manufacturer's certificate from Eberhard, Milan, dated 26 July 1972 and later dark brown leather Patek Philippe travel case.

Marked with eagle head hallmark to bale, this lot comprises a pendant brooch and pair of earrings, each with a finely painted glazed watercolour miniature plaque on mother-of-pearl. The pendant comes with Diana and Cupid, the earrings with further winged cherubs, and each are set within a border of half seed pearls.

Finally, this Victorian etched and gilded glass beside set was reputedly used by Queen Victoria. The lot is accompanied by a handwritten envelope which reads, 'Bedroom water set, used by Queen Victoria at Grasse, France, given to her Courtier then to Luke and on to us'.

The frosted glass with geometric design and beaded gilt decoration comprises a circular tray, two decanters, lidded jar and pair of drinking glasses, the tallest decanter measuring 34.3 cm high.

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