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Reverse of a clay tablet from Pylos bearing the motif of the Labyrinth. The tablet, the earliest datable representation of the 7-course classical labyrinth, was recovered from the remains of the Mycenaean palace of Pylos, destroyed by fire ca 1200 BCE (Kern, Through the Labyrinth, Prestel, 2000, p. 73, catalog item 103–104). There is no evidence for a connection between the labyrinth design and the legend of Theseus at this early date.




A sapphire and diamond cluster ring, the oval-shaped faceted sapphire weighing 5.17 carats, millegrain rubover-set to the centre of a cluster surround of brilliant-cut diamonds alternating in size, weighing a total of 1.45 carats, all set to a platinum mount with pierced fancy gallery, to a square-section shank with diamond-set shoulders, hallmarked platinum, London 2008, bearing the Bentley & Skinner sponsor mark.

An 18th Century Mahogany Apothecary Cabinet bearing a paper label 'Smart, Chemist & Druggist, St Martins Court, Near Leicester Square, London'. Containing nine glass bottles, the drawers having various containers and glass implements. 10 ins x 11½ ins x 7½ ins (25.5 cms x 29 cms x 19 cms).


Flipping into home design

The gig: Jeff Lewis of the reality show "Flipping Out" runs a Los Angeles design business. He has a line of paints bearing his name that sells online through Home Depot , and he's creative director of Living Spaces furniture, working on catalog shoots and with the buying team.