Chorley's March sale takes place the week after the Cheltenham Festival and is sure to contain several winners.
The Oriental section of the sale includes a single-owner collection of thirty lots which were collected from the late 1960s to the early 1990s. This includes a number of interesting pieces such as Lot 144 a so-called 'calligraphic' teapot owing to its unusual flattened and interlaced design. Although lacking its cover, the piece is in otherwise good condition and asks £800-1200. A wucai porcelain jar recently made headlines when it achieved over £800,000 at a regional auction room; several pieces of wucai porcelain will be offered as part of this collection including Lot 153, an ovoid jar decorated with chrysanthemums and birds on a scale ground, which carries expectations of just £300-500. Lot 160, a pair of 19th Century famille noire vases of huge decorative appeal are offered at £1000-1500. A striking bronze ding (food container) Lot 155, has gold and silver coloured metal inlays of scrolling dragons, is set on three legs and has a carved hardwood stand and cover with jade mandarin duck finial; this rare form asks £1000-1500. Elsewhere in the Oriental art section are textiles such as Lot 119, a Qing dynasty robe for a fourth-ranking official, which is in good condition and estimated at £800-1200.
A strong 200 lot picture section includes a variety of old master drawings, the best of these is perhaps Lot 914, a sketch by Palma Giovane (circa 1548-1628) who was the leading Venetian artist after the death of Tintoretto. This ink wash and red chalk drawing of the penitent Magdalene and other figures is assured and has Colnaghi provenance, estimate £1500-2000. A private collection of 19th/20th Century watercolours includes examples by Edmund Morison Wimperis, George Arthur Fripp, Francis Edward James and others. Of these, the stand-out lot is 831, 'The Country Lane' by Sir George Clausen, which shows the influence of impressionism in his handling of the tree. This work was included in the exhibition 'Paintings by Edwardian Artists' held at the Graves Art Gallery in Sheffield, 1952 and is estimated at £600-800. Victorian genre painting does not get better than Lot 857, The Sailor's Return by Thomas Brooks (1818-1892). Brooks’ work often concerns seafaring life and its perils; the present work shows a young sailor returned from his travels, telling of his exciting adventures and displaying the exotic items he has brought home, including as a tortoise and parrot. His multi-generational family look on in amazement and on close inspection the work includes a wealth of interesting detail. Estimate £8000-12000. Lot 892 is a large French 18th Century mythological scene depicting the lovers Acis & Galatea. The love story of Acis and the sea-nymph Galatea appears in Ovid's Metamorphoses. The jealous cyclops Polyphemus, who loves Galatea, comes across the pair embracing and in jealousy kills Acis with a boulder. This act is futile - Galatea transforms Acis into a spirit like herself, ensuring his immortality. A popular subject in art and literature from the Renaissance onwards, this version shows the lovers embracing while the jealous Polyphemus can be seen brooding on a cliff in the background, estimate £6000-8000. Sticking with the marine theme, Lot 895 is an early work by the well-known 20th Century artist Montague Dawson (1890-1973). Best known for his depictions of warships and clippers which can sell for six figure sums, this little oil depicts a tug-boat in rough seas and accordingly asks £1500-2000.
Other strong sections in the sale include clocks, furniture and jewellery. For the hunting man, Lot 545 is perhaps the best and most complete hunt table to have appeared on the market for some time. Hunt tables are a distinctive form of horseshoe shape that could be placed around a fire, enabling a hunting party to have a drink in the warm; this example has a sliding wine coaster with a shield to prevent the wine or other drinks from overheating. The table could also be used outdoors at a meet or, with its wooden inset in place, simply as a serving table. This example is likely to be by Gillows, is complete and in good condition - a classic country house item, it looks great value at £3000-5000. Two Howard armchairs, Lots 661 & 665 will also be sure to attract attention, estimated at £1000-1500 and £800-1200 respectively.
The clock section includes several smart clocks, the best of which is Lot 94, a rare Georgian bracket clock by Charles Coulon which has an interesting arch dial painted with automaton musicians, some of whom move their arms, estimate £3000-5000.
If you back a winner at Cheltenham, why not treat yourself to Lot 222, a charm bracelet of sporting interest - this bracelet is hung with several sporting charms including racehorse and jockey and should race away at £2000-3000. With spring in the air, Lot 237 may tempt…this charming little emerald and diamond flower spray brooch in its original S J Phillips box, will hopefully bloom at £2200-2500. Finally if you feel you are ready to come out of hibernation, then Lot 276 a little pearl and diamond tortoise with movable head may be perfect for you, estimate £1500-2000.
All figures provided above are the auctioneer’s estimates and the final sale price will attract buyer’s premium (24% incl. VAT) on top of the hammer price. Other charges may also apply. See How to Buy for further details.
Tuesday 28 & Wednesday 29 March 2017
10am each day
Sunday 26 March, 10am-4pm
Monday 27 March, 9am-5pm
Live internet bidding will be available with
The Auction Room (no additional bidding fee) and
The Saleroom (3% additional fee)