Chorley's next fine art sale is a two-day sale on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th April 2012 focussing primarily on silver and jewellery. The market in this area remains strong and Chorley's are one of the leading regional auctioneers in this field.
The silver section is led by Lot 707, a stunning candelabrum table centrepiece made by the well-known makers Edward & John Barnard and dating from 1868 - this piece is large, decorative, of top quality and makes a strong visual statement. Surmounted by a figure of Mercury, it has six sconces raised on scroll arms above a glass dish on scroll supports around a figure of plenty to the base. Estimate £8,000-12,000.
On a different scale, but of equal quality is Lot 910, a German gold and enamel snuff box from the early 19th century. The cover is decorated in colourful enamel with a scene of the three ages of man. The central figure is of a young woman, she has a child on her lap, she exchanges a look with a young man to her left while she drapes her right arm around the shoulders of a bearded old man. The piece is in good condition having been kept in a fitted leather case and now asks £5,000-7,000.
Among the jewellery are pieces that will appeal to lovers of both antique and modern jewellery. One of the more interesting pieces, Lot 797, has a central pearl surrounded by ‘petals' set with diamonds and has a baroque pearl drop beneath, designed to be worn as a brooch or a pendant. Estimate £1,200-1,800.
Other sections of the sale include a number of interesting lots. Perhaps the most unusual of these is Lot 396, the steel plate for the engraving ‘Mr Tapley acts Third Party with Great Discretion' from Charles Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit. Engraved by Dickens' best known illustrator ‘Phiz (Hablot Knight Browne), it is the original plate and comes with a letter from Charles Wood, Managing Director of Chapman and Hall, the publishers. Martin Chuzzlewit was perhaps Dickens' least commercially successful work although he considered it to be among his best works. It is well known for expressing what some see as ‘anti-American' sentiments, nonetheless this rare item is sure to see international competition and carries an estimate of £2,500-3,500.
Tuesday, 17th 9am-7pm, Wednesday, 18th 9am-5pm, Thursday, 19th
8.30am-10.30am, Friday, 20th April 8.30am-10.30am.
For further information please contact Catrin Hampton on 01452 344499
Prinknash Abbey Park, Gloucestershire GL4 8EX
Telephone 01452 344499
Source: IONA PR