Chorley’s enter the new decade with a sale at 10.30 on Thursday 21st January spanning a wide variety of categories and with a large number of
Ceramics enthusiasts in particular will have plenty to keep them occupied with a 180-lot section including Staffordshire pottery, Royal Crown Derby, Moorcroft, Royal Doulton,Widecombe pottery, Wemyss and more………
"Lot 113 – A Wemyss ware heart shaped tray decorated with pink roses, marked Wemyss T Goode & Co and impressed Wemyss, 12 inches long, est £200-300"
A pair of Staffordshire pottery dogs sitting on the mantelpiece has become one of the iconic images that people call to mind when thinking about the classic Victorian home. This sale offers more than 10 pairs with estimates ranging from just £30 to £80 – a small price to pair for a quintessential piece of Victoriana.
There are also a large number of Staffordshire pottery pastille burners on offer
The pastilles burnt within these little ‘buildings’ disguised the smells of 19th century life. In poor homes, the combined smell of unwashed people, cooking animal fat candles and commodes combined pungently could make life unpleasant. As the century progressed, and welfare concerns grew, life became less odorous and later burners were more decorative than functional. These decorative burners often reflected famous buildings, one such example being Lot 138 which is modelled as Balmoral Castle and estimated at £100-150.
Also produced in Staffordshire were figures intended to decorate mainly working class homes, and the characters produced by the potteries reflect populist themes. The sale includes several figures of Little Red Riding Hood as well as the highwaymen, Dick Turpin and Tom King.
2009 saw some stunning prices achieved for Moorcroft pottery and this sale offers another good selection with pieces ranging from the 1950s right up to the 21st century. Among the modern items are examples designed by Philip Gibson and Rachel Bishop, whose ‘Knightwood’ pattern baluster vase Lot 108 carries expectations of £120-180. Royal Crown Derby paperweights have also become increasingly collectible and a number of animal and bird examples are on offer. Also by Royal Crown Derby, an Imari pattern tea service in fantastic condition, Lot 94, is expected to reach between £400-600. A collection of Royal Doulton figures range in estimate from £30 to
£150 and include The Master HN2325, The Balloon Man HN1954 and
Southern Belle HN2229.
A particularly strong section of 20th century prints includes examples
after W L Wyllie, Lionel Edwards, David Shepherd, Sir William Russell Flint, L S Lowry and Snaffles. "Lot 26 Charles Johnson Payne (Snaffles) "The Biggest Walls in the Country was in it" Signed artists proof lithograph 12 x 18 inches"
Snaffles remains hugely popular for his hunting, wartime and other sporting images; of the four hunting scenes going under the hammer it is Lot 26 that is expected to perform mostly strongly with a £400-600 estimate.
Among the objets d’art in the sale, Lot 278, an intricately carved
Okimono depicting a basket seller looks to be good value at £300-500.
Of good size and quality it would make an interesting conversation piece.
A pair of George II candlesticks, Lot 328, will interest lovers of good 18th century English silver. While the maker’s mark is indistinct, the date letter for 1746 and pattern suggest that they may be by James Gould. In the mid-18th century some grand families had sets of candlesticks that ran to 24 or more in total. Over the years these were divided between families and so on and it is now more common to find pairs or sets of four. Estimate £1,000-1,500.
Lot 366 : A Georgian sapphire and diamond brooch, £800-1200
Lot 367 : A Victorian diamond brooch, £600-800
Lot 368 An Edwardian diamond brooch, £1,500-2,000
A large jewellery section includes fantastic brooches from very different eras. Lot 366 is a Georgian sapphire and diamond example, the central sapphire surrounded by small scrolls set with diamonds. An elegant piece, it is estimated at £800-1200. From Victorian times comes Lot 367, a diamond brooch modelled as a spray of flowers. Constructed ‘en tremblant’, the central flowerhead trembles and allows the light to reflect more readily from the stones. This is a particularly pretty brooch, estimated at £600-800. Lastly, from the Edwardian era, Lot 368 is an impressive diamond brooch with a central flowerhead design to a surround of diamond set scrolls. This is
expected to reach £1,500-2,000.
The furniture section is particularly well-stocked with country pieces
including a good elm trestle table with an impressive planked top, Lot 500. It would comfortably seat 12 people and would be particularly suitable for somebody who entertains regularly. Estimate £2,000- 3,000. To complete a country kitchen look, Lot 507 is a traditional oak dresser with plate rack, estimate £1,000-1,500. For quite the opposite look, Lot 505, a mirror in a carved gilded Florentine frame makes a real statement. It may have once been a picture frame and is deep with elaborately carved pierced leaf decoration, the top having a coronet motif supported by two cherubs. This is an eye-catching piece estimated at £5,000-7,000 and is sure to generate plenty of interest from decorators.
And finally, the one item sure to get people talking is Lot 503, a 17th
century baby walker constructed in elm. The pole swivel has an arm with a latchable restraint which would have been used to help teach children to walk. It is of unusual form and might look cruel by today’s standards but it is certainly rare and of huge interest to collectors of social history. It is hoped this will walk away for £1,000-1,500.
Public Viewing: Tuesday, 19th January 2010, 10am-7pm
Wednesday, 20th January 2010, 10am-4pm
For further information regarding the sale please contact Thomas
Jenner-Fust on 01452 344499 or visit the on-line catalogue at
Prinknash Abbey Park, Gloucestershire, GL4 8EX
Telephone 01452 344499