There are not many ship models this big for sale. Meticulously scratch- built early this century, the Cutty Sark tea clipper, a scaled-down version of the real thing in dry dock at Greenwich, is over 5ft long. The standing and running rigging is particularly fine. Collectors show them off in their bay windows in winter and fireplaces in the summer. The estimate, pounds 1,200-pounds 1,800 in Bonhams marine sale, Thursday (2pm), probably represents as little as pounds 1 an hour of the maker's time (0171-393 3900).Reuse content
The intrepid Madame Morelli, "Queen of Jaguars", might well say: "I can get that kind of thing at home". Dressed in white (as befits a near-death experience), she is shown surrounded by her big cats in a fantasy drawing of her sitting room that appears on a 29in by 42in poster lithographed in 1900 for an American circus, Frank C Bostock's Great Animal Arena. It is offered at pounds 2,000 by Allie Barnicoat, who began trading in posters that qualify as art rather than ephemera last August. She is advised by her husband, John, author of Posters: A Concise History, re-issued by Thames and Hudson last year at pounds 6.95. Posters for Collectors, 3, Ashlone Road, Putney, London SW15 (0181-788 8348).