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.


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.


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).


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).