Auctions: For old seafaring dogs

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TWO traditional fancies top the bill in the London salerooms: pet art at Bonhams, Monday (11am) and marine art at Sotheby's, Wednesday (11am), which coincide with Cruft's and the Boat Show. The former has terriers ratting and dachshunds begging, at prices from the low hundreds; the latter has ships at sea, ranging from the same to about pounds 40,000 for a Montague Dawson, the ever-popular ships' portraitist.

Bonhams relaunches its carpet sales on Wednesday (11am) with Oriental and European affordables: a carefully selected reflection of market trends aimed at home-furnishers and collectors.

Pick of the rest: Christie's (South Kensington) first foray into the stamp market: affordable collections (from low hundreds) Thursday (2pm). Also Thursday: ceramics (10.30am), pictures (10.30am), costume and textiles (2pm). Tuesday: silver and plate (2pm). Wednesday: carpets, decorative objects and furniture (10.30am). Sotheby's has a wine sale rich in claret and port, Wednesday (10.30am) and another of its down-market, highly polished Colonnade sales - English and Continental furniture and decorations, Friday (10.30am). Phillips has British and Victorian paintings Tuesday (11am) and European ceramics Wednesday (11am).

COUNTRYWIDE

Chester: Phillips North West golf memorabilia sale, Friday (10am), is likely to be the liveliest of the week, with the Japanese bidding with renewed vigour. Besides traditional golf gear such as clubs, there will be 'golf-related' items: ceramics, gramophone records, photographs, medals, metalware, cards, ephemera, books and art - proof that golf is the most potent theme in the art market.

Manchester: No-reserve Post Office returns, from vases to videos, Thursday (10am). Artingstall and Hind, 39 Cobden Street, Pendleton, Salford (061 736 5682).

Retford: Fine furniture, including mirrors, garden furniture and statuary, Monday (10.30am). Henry Spencer, 20 The Square (0777 708633).

Malmesbury: Computers, copiers, printers, peripherals, office furniture, heaters, projection equipment, DIY and garden tools, Tuesday (10.30am). Hilditch and Co, Gloucester Road Trading Estate (0666 822577).

Torquay: Artworks, collectables, ceramics, glass, furniture, Tuesday and Wednesday (9.30am). Bearne's, Avenue Road (0803 296277).

Southampton: Office furniture and equipment in receivership, Tuesday (11am). Edward Symmons and partners, Surety House, Old Redbridge Road (0703 779778).

Lichfield: Silver, jewellery, ceramics, Wednesday (11am), furniture, pictures, books, artworks, Thursday (11am). Wintertons, Lichfield Auction Centre, Wood End Lane, Fradley (0543 263256).

Bannockburn: MoD goods stored at various depots will be auctioned at the King Robert Hotel, Thursday (9.30am). Harrison and Hetherington (0228 26292).

Exeter: Computers and peripherals at Lord Haldon Hotel, Dunchideok, tomorrow (11am). South West Computer Auctions (0934 642437).

Wilmslow: Ceramics, glass, silver, pictures, furniture, Friday (10.30am) at the Rugby Club. John Maxwell (061 439 5182).

Southampton: Liquidation sale of the 31ft Nantucket clipper ketch Ariel and a 17ft Solent dory, plus softwoods, hardwoods, doors and contents of two engineering workshops. Millbank Auctioneers, 72 Millbank Street, Northam. Viewing details: 0703 228179.

Hove: Patek Philippe and other classic watches, jewellery and silver, porcelain, metalware, Thursday (2pm). Clocks, barometers, pictures, Friday (10.30am), at Palmeira Auction Rooms, 38 Holland Road. Graves Son and Pilcher (0273 735266).

Guildford: Collection of Corgi toys, Wednesday (11am) at the Civic Hall, London Road. Vectis Model Auctions (0983 292272).

FAIRS

Chelsea Harbour: Marine Art and Decorative Antiques, The Marquee, Lots Road, London SW10, today (11am-7pm) and tomorrow (11am-6pm). Entry (inc. catalogue) pounds 5. Harvey Management Services (071-624 5173).

Piccadilly: World of Drawings and Watercolours, Park Lane Hotel, Wednesday-Sunday (11am-8pm, 7pm last two days). Entry (inc. catalogue) pounds 6. World of Watercolours (071-603 0165).

Kensington: West London Antiques Fair at the Town Hall, today and tomorrow (11am-6pm). Entry (inc. catalogue) pounds 4.

Birmingham: Lapada Fair at NEC, Wednesday-Sunday (11am-9pm, 11am-6pm last two days). Entry pounds 5, Wed pounds 6 (021 780 4141).

Countrywide: 'Antiques Trade Gazette' (071-930 4957); 'Government Auction News' (071-734 8290/4; hotline: 0891 887700).

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