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Holy Orders at Chorley's on 21st October

Chorley’s have been instructed by the Trustees of Elmore to dispose of the principal furniture and important church plate from Elmore Abbey, near Newbury, Berkshire. The sale will take place at Prinknash Abbey on Thursday, 21st October 2010.
Sadly Elmore Abbey has recently been sold and the magnificent chalices, monstrances, reliquaries, crucifixes, mitre, crosier and ecclesiastical regalia will create great interest when offered for sale on 21st October.
Elmore Abbey has been the home of the Anglican Benedictine community there for the last 23 years. Owing to diminishing numbers, the remaining four monks have now moved to a smaller property in the Close at Salisbury.

Prinknash is a very fitting venue for the sale as the Orders of both the Prinknash and Elmore monks originated from Caldey Island, off Tenby in West Wales. The Prinknash Community arrived at St Peter’s Grange (part of Prinknash Abbey) in the mid 1920s, having converted to Catholicism in 1931. A very much smaller group of Caldey monks left the island at the time
of the conversion to set up, in 1914, an Anglican community in Pershore, Worcestershire. From there they moved and grew in numbers to their wonderful Buckingham monastery, Nashdom.
In 1987, the Nashdom community moved to Newbury and soon became established in their late Queen Anne manor house, building a splendid chapel adjacent to the house.
Chorley's Lot 315 ChaliceChorley's Lot 315 ChaliceTwo beautiful 17th century chalices are the earliest of the dozen or so being offered in the sale. The earlier of the two, Spanish in origin and entirely silver gilt, has a collared bowl and baluster column and set numerous oval moonstones; with an estimate of £3,000-4,000 it is matched in price by a slightly earlier French silver chalice with gilt bowl and pierced scrollwork mount, the stem chased with cherubs and embossed decoration of beautiful
quality. Although the other chalices, most with patens, are later in age, the quality is remarkable. The monstrances, one in silver gilt and enamelled, the other in brass but with silver gilt lunette, are expected to realise £1,000-1,500 and £400-600 respectively.
A mitre, sewn in silk and set with amethysts and a porcelain
plaque of the Madonna and Child should fetch between £300 and £500; and an enamel and silver plated crosier is affordable at between £200-300. Numerous crucifixes and small crosses, some set with jewels, will be sought as keepsakes by the hundred of those who supported the monastery from Pershore through Nashdom to Elmore and other Benedictine communities.
Regency dining chairs, bookcases and secretaire chests are the pick of the furniture and other practical pieces, such as Wernicke sectional bookcases, chest of drawers and kneehole desks, reflect the very simple life in the monastery in contrast with the magnificence of the silverware used within the chapel.

For further information regarding the sale please contact Thomas Jenner Fust on 01452 344499 or
Viewing Days are Tuesday 19th October, 9am-7pm and Wednesday 20th October, 9am-5pm.

Source: IONA PR

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