Today is the sale at Sotheby's for Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire: The Last of the Mitford Sisters. As one would expect, prices are soaring. As you know, the Duchess had a fondness for chickens. The sale did not dissappoint. Here are some of the chicken related items.
Model of a hen, by Nicholas Johnson, made from reclaimed pine.
Two bespoke pine and plywood travelling poultry boxes with the specially engraved monogram DD.
A matched pair of large continental earthenware hen tureens and covers, 19th Century.
Théophile Alexandre Steinlen, Coq et Poules (Creuzet 181)
A Japanese bronze group, Meiji Period, late 19th century
A French bronze and marble presse-papier in the form of a cockerel, second half 19th century
Jonathan Sainsbury, Gossip - Hens
English School, Farmyard Fowl
T. Benson, Hens and Cockerels in a Farmyard
Harry Epworth Allen, Study of Poultry
A Collection of Books on Poultry, 1853-2001
Anne Gascoigne, Buff Orpington Hen
An Edwardian electroplated novelty egg cruet, Mappin & Webb, circa 1910