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A variety of highlights at Chorley's on Thursday 26th July

The highlight of Chorley's sale on Thursday 26th July 2012 is Lot
352, a view of Venice showing the Bacino di St Marco with the Bucintoro returning to the Molo on Ascension Day.

Based on a Canaletto formerly in the collection of Sir Robert Walpole this version is large, accomplished and should reach its pre-sale expectations of £20,000-30,000.

Lot 352: A view of the Bacino Di St Marco with the Bucintoro Returning to the Molo on Ascension Day, est £20,000-30,000

A number of paintings by one of the UK's best known and most

sought-after painters, Bristol born Mary Fedden, are sure to attract interest from far and wide. Fedden's long career continued until her death last month aged 96. Lot 339, a work dated 1948 shows her early style, depicting a vase of flowers and Staffordshire dog with a landscape behind, is estimated at £800-1,200.

A colourful oil from the 1960s, Lot 340, depicts butterflies, giraffes and doves in an African landscape, this bold work should realise

Lot 340: Mary Fedden, Giraffes, Doves and Butterflies in an African Landscape, 1966, oil on canvas, est £5,000-7,000



A good section of 20th Century furniture includes Danish rosewood pieces by makers such as Brahmin Mobler and Rosengren Hansen as well as a stylish sideboard with tambour front designed by Arne Vodder estimated at £400-600 (Lot 38).

Elsewhere in the furniture section, a Chinese lacquer cabinet (Lot 130) on an English stand has an interesting provenance. The cabinet belonged to Major General Sir Charles McGregor who acted as Quartermaster General to the Indian army under General Roberts' command. The cabinet is said to have been acquired during the 1st Boxer Rebellion, 1860.
Some interesting ephemera have come to light on recent valuations. Lovers of the Arts & Crafts movement will be delighted by a novelty autograph book, Lot 273) that contains the signatures of such luminaries as Sidney Barnsley, Norman Jewson and Detmar Blow, estimated speculatively at £40-60.

For those struck by Olympic fever, Lot 274, an interesting group of
programmes, photographs and maps relating to the infamous 1936 Berlin Olympics looks a snip at £300-500.

Lot 274: A Collection of Olympic memorabilia relating to the 1936 Berlin Olympics, est £300-500



Not many people are aware of Ruhleben Prisoner of War camp where civilians detained at the outbreak of war, including fishermen and students, were incarcerated by the Germans during WWI. The way that inmates amused themselves is brought to life by copies of the camp magazine, theatre and concert programmes. A letter from inmate Arthur Richard Peters to his mother is particularly poignant; this interesting little archive (Lot 275) is offered at £500-700.

Wet weather has prevented people from enjoying their gardens this year but those anticipating an Indian summer after the deluge will be delighted by the wide selection of outdoor effects on offer. These include Lot 5, a lead model of Cupid holding his bow and standing on a stone plinth, the perfect gift for anybody struck by his arrow, it asks £600-800. A Haddonstone figure of a gardener after the model by John Cheere and standing 60" tall
would make an impressive feature, also estimated at £600-800 (Lot 15).
Among the more quirky items included in the sale are an automaton modelled as a child with hoop that emerges from a basket, £200-300 (Lot 231) and a musical workbox modelled as a grand piano, the fitted interior containing sewing accessories, this quality item is estimated at £800-1200 (Lot 235).
Finishing the day on a stylish note, a large collection of textiles and clothing includes designer pieces such as Lot 468, a Thea Porter maxi-dress, £60-80, Lot 470, a Jean Varon black chiffon dress, £80-120 and accessories such as handbags.

For further information please contact Catrin Hampton on
01452 344499 or

Tuesday, 24th July, 9am-7pm, Wednesday, 25th 9am-5pm,
Thursday, 26th, 8.30am-10.30am.

Source: IONA PR




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