Chorley’s two-day November auction will showcase furniture, pictures, objects and jewellery from the Arts and crafts period to the present day, with estimates to suit every budget.
We are pleased to be including the Studio Collection of the late Barbara Dorf (1933-2016), whose vivid still life, nude studies and Balkan scenes will be sold on behalf of the charity Longfield Hospice Big Heart Appeal.
The undoubted highlight of the paintings section will be a still life by Christopher Wood (1901-1930). Wood briefly studied architecture at Liverpool University, where he met Augustus John who encouraged him to become a painter. By the mid 1920s Wood was moving in the circles of Jean Cocteau and Picasso and producing a large number of paintings. In 1925 alone he produced around 60 paintings, many of which were flower compositions. Addicted to opium, tragically he took his own life before the extent of his talent could be known. The present work entitled Tulips and Hyacinths has many of the distinctive characteristics of his work, an intensity of colour and subtle patterns of wavy lines and crosshatching which creates the interplay between two and three dimensionality. This is a major work from an artist whose pictures hang in the Tate Gallery, The Louvre and in many important private collections, accordingly it is estimated at £40,000-60,000.
Another picture sure to attract the eye is Mickey and Minnie by the street artist known as Mr Brainwash. Believed to be a French born ex-pat now living in LA, Mr Brainwash has been linked to British graffiti artist Banksy and is even considered by some to be a pseudonym. This colourful twist on the Disney characters carries an estimate of £3,000-5,000.
More affordable to most, the auction will also offer a large number of limited edition colour prints, including a series of African big cats by wildlife artist Simon Combes. The studio collection of the late Barbara Dorf, original artworks ranging from colourful still lifes and nude studies to Balkan landscapes, will be offered without reserve and with all proceeds going to the charity Longfield Hospice.
If your walls are already covered, there will be plenty of furniture to suit all tastes, from the rustic oak of Liberty and Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson to the chrome modernism of Charles Eames and David Linley. A sparkling selection of jewellery and silver includes pieces by fashion houses Hermes, Boucheron and Georg Jensen, and a good range of studio pottery and glass will provide the opportunity to purchase some truly unique Christmas presents.
Viewing at Chorley’s saleroom is on Sunday 20 November, from 10am-4pm, and Monday 21 November, from 9am-5pm, as well as from 8am-10am on both sale mornings. A fully illustrated catalogue is available to view on Chorley’s website.
November catalogue coming soon. Browse the September catalogue by clicking on image above.
November 22nd & 23rd: Modern Art & Design, Oriental Works of Art, Country House Antiques
including the Contents of The Old Inn, Painswick
Entries invited until 21st October.
Tuesday 22 & Wednesday 23 November 2016
Sunday 20 November, 10am-4pm
Monday 21 November, 9am-5pm
Live internet bidding will be available with The Auction Room and The Saleroom.