Arts Council England has received notifications of sale for the following items which have previously been exempted from capital taxation. Please note that the price given is intended as a rough guide only, and does not constitute an offer to sell at this price. The practice of the auction houses is usually to pitch this at their high auction estimate or, sometimes, even higher.

1) An Elizabeth I Silver-mounted Sussex marble tankard 

maker's mark 'A BIRD', attributed to Affabel Partridge, London, 1575

cast foot and neck mounts, handle, finial and pierced thumbpiece, the hinged lid chased with masks, fruit, strapwork and other motifs, the underside of the foot mount engraved with an inscription and pricked with the date 1736, in fitted

fishskin case with green velvet lining, circa 1736/37

23.7cm., 9¼ in. height

The inscription reads: 'EX DONO DÑI IOHA IS DUTTON BARONET'



The Dutton family of Sherborne, Gloucestershire: probably Thomas Dutton (1507-1581), Surveyor of Monastic Lands in Gloucestershire, and thence by descent through Sir John Dutton, 2nd Bt (1684-1743) and his great nephew  James Dutton, 1st Baron Sherborne (1744-1820) to the present owner



Queen Charlotte's Loan Exhibition of Old Silver, Seaford House, London, 1929, no. 60


Guide price: £2,400,000


2) L.S. LOWRY (1887-1976)
BEACH SCENE, LYTHAM ST ANNES                                             
Oil on canvas
60.5 x 45 cm; 23 ¾ x 17 ¾ in
Signed and dated lower right
Painted in 1943

London, The Lefevre Gallery, (Alex Reid & Lefevre Ltd.), Paintings by L.S. Lowry, February - March, 1945. Cat. no.15 (not illustrated).

The Artist
AJ McNeil Reid
Thence by descent


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