Collectables: Useful, beautiful... or both?

Collect Call with John Windsor
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This horse is not going anywhere. It may look like a Damien Hirst artwork but is actually a rare, 19th century papier mache, plaster and wood veterinary model that stands six feet tall and comes apart like a jigsaw puzzle. Estimate pounds 5,000-pounds 7,000 in Christies of South Kensington's auction of medical instruments, this Thursday at 2pm. (Inquiries 0171- 581 7611.)

A trompe l'oeil cafe, until recently a landmark in Graham Road, Hackney in east London, preserved in miniature 3D by 30-year-old model maker James MacKinnon and 33-year -old photographer Tom Hunter. The pair gained fame with "Ghetto", a 17ft-long reconstruction of a terrace of eight squatted houses in Hackney, clad in colour photographs both inside and out. The Museum of London bought it for pounds 19,000. This one is priced at pounds 1,500. Their next project: a tower block. Paton Gallery, 282 Richmond Road, London E8 until February 1 (0181-986 3409).

At last, something decorative you can use every day. RCA graduate David Clarke, 30, is in the vanguard of the current tableware revival - but in silver rather than porcelain. His sets of three interlocking silver and limewood bowls for take-away food make the most revolting noodles look appetising.

Priced at pounds 935 a set, they are among an exhibition of metalwork, ceramics, furniture, jewellery, wall hangings and lighting by 100 designers at Bonhams' selling exhibition, "Decorative Arts Today", running from Thursday through to next Wednesday (weekdays 10am-6pm, weekends 11am-4pm). Bonhams, Montpelier Street, Knightsbridge, London SW7 (0171-393 3930).

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