GLASS, CERAMICS, ASIAN ART, PICTURES & FURNITURE | 19 & 20 SEPTEMBER AT CHORLEY’S
Chorley’s two-day Autumn sale on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th September contains specialist sections of European ceramics and glass and Asian art alongside an interesting variety of country house contents.
Among the glass, a large vase etched with a scene with huntsman and hounds, Lot 40, will appeal to the local hunting fraternity and could fetch £300-400. Lot 58 will be the perfect addition to any decorative interior, this pair of vases are enamelled with colourful fish beneath a band of gilt; luxury items when purchased in around 1880, they are expected to realise £1,000-1,500.
The ceramics section spans several centuries and offers pieces for the established collector as well as affordable collectables. Lot 106, a Meissen schneeballen (German for snowball) vase, is an impressive centrepiece entirely covered in the May blossom that gives it its distinctive look and applied with exotic birds, estimate £3,000-5,000. With the Cotswolds polo scene as vibrant as ever, a Royal Worcester figure of a polo player modelled by Doris Lindner, Lot 110, is likely to end up on a local mantelpiece at £150-200. The market for Staffordshire figures always sees a premium for rarity and Lot 173, a figure of a leopard, should get collectors interested with a sensible estimate of £200-300. A pair of Sèvres plates, Lot 201, dating to 1789 and decorated in the pretty 'Jardin' pattern, are from a well-documented service and the pair asks £1,000-1,500.
The Asian art section sees jades, porcelain, textiles and metalwork on offer. Chinese export silver has seen prices increase dramatically over the past few years and Lot 228, a three-piece tea set by Cum Wo, is a good example of its type. Cum Wo were Hong Kong based silversmiths producing export wares during the latter half of the 19th Century; the tea set is decorated with typical motifs of dragons and bamboo and asks £400-600. An impressive Japanese bronze eagle, Lot 244, would make a superb centrepiece, having a wing span of over a metre, estimate £800-1,200. Lot 267, a Chinese bronze 'ding' or food vessel, is likely to attract attention from mainland China. The three-legged bronze vessel has fine metalwork inlays and a carved hardwood cover with jade mandarin duck finial, beneath is a collection label for the well-known French collector Alexis Rouart (1839-1911). This unusual item carries expectations of £2,000-3,000.
Chorley's are one of the few regional auctioneers that regularly achieve outstanding results for furniture in a buyer's market. The star in this sale is Lot 778, an 18th Century Maltese marquetry commode with an impeccable provenance. This intricately inlaid chest was the property of William Parnis, an eminent lawyer from a Maltese family. His son Edgar (1857-1913) left significant bequests to the National Library of Malta and the Valletta Museum; the commode (which was originally one of a pair) was inherited by his younger son Alfred (1860-1946) and passed by descent to the vendor. The art of inlay was introduced to Malta by Italian craftsmen in the 17th Century and the woods used include orangewood, olivewood and walnut. The large size of these commodes may be explained as they could accommodate a Maltese lady’s ‘faldetta’ (shawl or hooded cloak) without the need for folding. This example is on the market for the first time in over 150 years and asks £8,000-10,000.
Among the country house contents, Lot 340 is a carved and painted mask which has a Japanese look but is in fact a 'Punu' mask from Gabon; this tribal artefact was acquired by a Paris based collector in the 1970s or 1980s and should fetch £150-200. A carved Italian marble fountain modelled as a grotesque mask above a scallop shell, Lot 529, is of fantastic quality and dates to the 18th Century - the £5,000-7,000 estimate seems reasonable for such a fine and decorative piece.
The picture section includes a small selection of paintings by Constance B Nash (1921-2015) who trained at Goldsmith’s, was widely exhibited in her lifetime and was a past president of the United Society of Artists. The 14 lots on offer include landscapes, still lifes and figure studies, all with huge decorative appeal and which are offered without reserve. There are several dramatic marine paintings which look as if they have a story to tell, including works by Henry King Taylor and William Henry Williamson. Elsewhere, Lot 1024, a depiction of a young girl by society portraitist William Mouat Loudan (1868-1925) captures the spirit of youthful innocence. The girl wears a dusky pink silk dress with lace collar and long string of coral beads around her neck, and the portrait asks £1,500-2,000.
All figures provided above are the auctioneers 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 www.chorleys.com for details.
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Tuesday 19 & Wednesday 20 September 2017
10am each day
Sunday 17 September, 10am-4pm
Monday 18 September, 9am-5pm
Mornings of Sale, 8.30am-10am
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The Saleroom (3% additional fee)
Invaluable (5% additional fee)