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Steady Prices achieved by Simon Chorley at their latest sale


The 30th April sale at Simon Chorley Art & Antiques saw steady prices achieved across the board.  A strong book section comprised a good cross-section of subjects: natural history, entomology, sport and agriculture.  The stars of the show, however, were the books of maps.


Lot 33, Ogilby’s ‘Britannica Depicta’, printed in 1720 and containing maps of British roads reached £850.  The next book, Lot 34, a rare group of maps of England and Wales entitled ‘The English Gentleman’s Guide’ far exceeded its guide price of £150-200 and was knocked down at £1,900.  Leading the section was Lot 35, Bickham’s ‘Bird’s Eye Views of the Several Counties in England and Wales’, 1796, which reached £4,800.  This extraordinary volume contains copperplate engravings of entire counties taken from a high vantage point and exhibiting a masterful and imaginative use of perspective.


Small sections of ceramics and glass proved to be full of big prices.  The front cover illustration, Lot 128, a cameo glass landscape vase by Emile Galle led the section at £1,900.  Galle was a major force in the French Art Nouveau, the quality and simplicity of this vase was always going to appeal to collectors.  Among the ceramics it was Lot 137 which exceeded expectations of £200-300 and fetched a handsome £1,550.  This Meissen pair of seated ladies was not only attractive but also in very condition.


There was a huge variety among the miscellaneous items and again it was the quality lots that proved to be the most popular.  Lot 212, a bronze by Didier Debut depicting a Tunisian water carrier was one such object.  Of impressive size and quality it is also a stylish visual statement and found a buyer at £900.


A good consignment of arms prompted the worthwhile decision to have a separate section devoted to Militaria, Weapons and Sporting items.  Of particular interest to Scottish buyers was Lot 291, an officer’s dirk of the 79th Regiment the Cameron Highlanders.  This was of good quality, by a known maker, John Sellers, and had battle honours engraved to the blade from Egmont-op-Zee (1799) through to Sebastopol (1855).  No surprise then, that this wonderful dirk found a new home at £2,700.  Two 19th century percussion cap rifles, Lots 317 and 318, saw £520 and £620 respectively and among the edged weapons Lot 311, three daggers, realized £480.


The furniture, as ever, saw strong results surrounded by patchier prices.  Lot 418 a Regency Bonheur-du-jour sold at £1,000 and an 18th century walnut chest on stand realized the same amount, although these were fair prices they were far less than they might have been 20 years ago.  Certainly buyers of longcase clocks and chest of drawers were able to pick up some real bargains.






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