Chorley’s started the year with a two-day sale encompassing numerous categories but with a particular focus on books and silver. A private collection of books saw several strong prices including £8,500 for Lot 515 Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the predecessor to the modern day atlas, compiled by Ortelius and containing 70 double page engraved maps. Books of Piranesi engravings always see strong bidding and Lot 513 was no exception, with over 50 engraved plates including views of Rome it found a buyer at £3,500. Among the natural history titles Lot 529, Audebert’s ‘Histoire Naturelle des Singes et des Makis’ with its wonderful illustrations also exceeded expectations achieving £2,400. The collection realised a hammer price in excess of £35,000.
The silver section included early pieces such as a fine Queen Anne chocolate pot, Lot 236, which was a little rubbed but a beautiful shape and knocked down at £2000. From the 1960s came a pair of decorative Asprey candlesticks with birds modelled to the bases in silver and silver gilt, these were pure 1960s bling and sold to an internet bidder at £3000. Lot 190 was from the same private source and also by Asprey, this table centrepiece depicting children playing beneath a tree sold for £1600.
Some vendors are nervous about selling in January but this sale saw extremely good prices for the best pieces. A shortage of quality goods on the market and a need for dealers to re-stock creates a perfect environment for vendors to benefit. Among the furniture a highly decorative Anglo-Portuguese chest with wonderful bone inlays to the drawers saw £2200 while a tidy Regency library bookcase, Lot 654 reached £2500. The ceramics and glass sections performed largely on estimate but a George Jones majolica cheese dish and cover, Lot 82, which was shaped as a bee skep buzzed to a double top-estimate £1200 and a Bohemian red glass vase of goblet form, Lot 36, achieved the same figure.
Tuesday 28 & Wednesday 29 March 2017
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)