Chorley’s next sale on Thursday, 24th June will be the second auction to be conducted in the new upstairs sale room at Prinknash. As with their April sale, the venue offers eight large room settings displaying the collection to its very best effect.
On instructions received from Mrs Dee Taylor of Pigeon House, Southam near Cheltenham, the backbone of the June sale is the collection Mrs Taylor and her late husband Julian put together over the many years they lived in Southam. The core of their collection was bought in the early 1990s when the Taylor’s attended Bruton Knowles’ share of the sale of the The Rous Lench Collection. They bought some of the important furniture Tommy Burn amassed in his Worcestershire home, and now 20 years later, there will be renewed interest in these pieces from the collection.
The Taylors’ house was furnished predominantly in oak with good examples of walnut and mahogany pieces that one would expect to find in such a property. The collection includes Lot 554, a George II oak dresser with rack over, fitted a narrow cupboard to the side, estimated at £2,500- £3,000; it is matched in price by a slightly later George III dresser base, Lot 559. From the same room are a set of ten spindle back dining chairs in ash (Lot 558) with a reasonable estimate £1,000-£1,500. More highlights include Lot 565, a bachelor’s Queen Anne walnut chest, estimated at £2,000- £3,000; a Charles II oak box stool, Lot 564, for £1,500-£2,000; a Dutch marquetry inlaid dressing mirror, Lot 567, £2,500-£3,500; a William and Mary oak candle stand, Lot 560, £1,000-£1,500; and a George II oak bowl stand, Lot 563, estimate £600-800.
Three clocks owned by a titled family in mid-Herefordshire head the clock section in the catalogue. A William and Mary walnut and marquetry longcase clock, Lot 444, with eight- day movement by Thomas Johnson, London estimated £7,500-£10,000, is partnered by a George I walnut longcase clock with eight-day movement by Newman Cartwright, London, Lot 445, and estimated to realize £4,000- £6,000 but perhaps the finest clock to grace a Gloucestershire saleroom for many years is Lot 446, a wonderful George III bracket clock in a burr walnut case fitted an eight-day striking movement by one of London’s finest clock makers, John Ellicott; it is sold against a very reasonable £5,000-£7,000 estimate.
Oil paintings and watercolours have featured strongly in the last two sales at Prinknash; this sale continues the trend. Lot 96, a fine pen, ink and sepia wash drawing entitled Figures at the Foot of a Tree painted by the German artist Jacob Philipp Hackert is the pick of the pictures and has a detailed provenance. It is likely to create considerable interest against an estimate of £7,000-£10,000. Lot 39, a pair of charming watercolours of hunting dogs by Samuel Henry Alken should beat their estimate of £800-£1,200. The highlight in the oil painting section is a Dutch Landscape, Lot 154, with figures skating by Charles van den Eycken, estimated to realise £12,000-£18,000. There are many other fine paintings in this sale including works by Oliver Clare, Edgar Hunt, George Horton, George Augustus Holmes, George Augustus Williams, Fred Hall and John Frederick Herring Jnr.
Lot 154, Charles Van Den Eycken, A Dutch Landscape with Figures Skating, oil on panel, 22 x 30 inches, est £12,000-18,000.
With Chorley’s upstairs saleroom offering such a spectacular array of antiques, paintings and clocks, viewing is highly recommended to see the lots splendidly set out in the eight room settings.
Viewing times are Tuesday 22nd June from 9am to 7pm, Wednesday 23rd June from 9am to 5pm and on morning of sale, 24th June from 8.30am until the sale commences at 10.30am.
Prinknash Abbey Park, Gloucestershire, GL4 8EX
Telephone 01452 344499
Source: IONA PR