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IF IT comes as a surprise to hear Bonhams is holding its first Applied Arts sale, Friday (11am), it is because they used to be Decorative Arts sales - and, 12 years before that, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. The range now spans a lifetime, 1860 to 1940, including not only turn-of-the century Art Nouveau and Twenties and Thirties Deco, but the tail-end of the Gothic revival of the early 1860s, the 1870 aesthetic movement, the British arts and crafts movement of 1880- 1910 and Liberty's mass-produced version of the 1890s. There is Viennese furniture in the sale: a Josef Hoffman settee and two armchairs from 1908, estimated pounds 8,000- pounds 10,000. The Viennese secessionists and Wiener Werkstatte of 1900-1910 were progenitors of the German Bauhaus.

Art Deco, associated with the Thirties, was a Twenties phenomenon, borrowing either the stark, stainless-steel lines of the Bauhaus (Gropius, Le Corbusier) or the fussier, French Empire look of Emile Jacques Ruhlmann. There is a spectacular Art Nouveau 3ft bronze female nude of 1900 by Edouard Drouet, est pounds 2,500- pounds 3,500 and, made 30 years later, a bronze and ivory figure by Ferdinand Preiss, pounds 4,000- pounds 6,000. Art Deco survived the war only to be annihilated by Fifties Formica.

BOOK EARLY

The collection of 6,000 illustrated books assembled since the age of 12 by John Merriam, a lawyer from Boston, USA, is expected to fetch more than pounds 150,000 at Christie's South Kensington, Friday (11am). Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens by J M Barrie, illustrated by Arthur Rackham, from a 1906 limited edition of 500, is est pounds 700- pounds 1,000.

COUNTRYWIDE

Furness, Co Kildare: Contents of Furness house, Tuesday (10.30am). Hamilton Osborne & King (010 3531 288 5011).

Lewes: Three-day house contents; Tuesday (10am) porcelain, glass and metalware; Wednesday (10.30am) furniture, carpets, clocks; Thursday (10am) silver, jewellery, pictures. Gorringes Auction Galleries (0273 472503).

Glasgow: Sotheby's sale of Scottish and sporting pictures, Tuesday (6pm) has Scottish colourists and six oils from the studio of William Johnstone (1897-1981), the Roxburghshire farmer's son (041 221 4817).

Chorley: Photographic equipment, cameras, enlargers, printing frames, tomorrow (10.30am). Smith Hodgkinson & McGinty (0257 263633).

Bristol: Collectables: stamps and covers, railway and entertainment memorabilia, coins, jewellery and unredeemed pawnbrokers' pledges, Tuesday (10.30am); at 2pm paintings, watercolours, prints, clocks, furniture, a George III bookcase ( pounds 1,000- pounds 1,500). Bristol Auction Rooms (0272 737201).

Scarborough: Ex-RAF Fylingdales stores; aluminium scaffolding, clamps and boards, an arc welder, chain winch, power hacksaw, twist drills, reamers, spanners and sockets, storage containers, Monday (2pm). H C Chapman & Son (0723 372424).

Cumbernauld: Modern woodworking machinery, powertools, workshop and office equipment, fork-lift truck, Wednesday (11am). Henry Butcher (041 204 3666).

FAIRS

World of Drawings and Watercolours: 45 exhibitors, last day tomorrow at Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly, London W1 (071-499 6321).

Book Fair, Bonnington Hotel, Southampton Row, London WC1, 40 exhibitors, tomorrow (Felicity White; 081-523 1254).

Knebworth Antiques: Knebworth House, Stevenage, today and tomorrow (Leonard Antiques Fairs; 071-486 5223).

Countrywide: Antiques Trade Gazette (071-930 4957), Government Auction News (0686 668851, hotline 0891 887700).

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