Chorley’s have handled silver and vertu from many fine collections. With pieces sold ranging from the 17th Century to modern pieces by Stuart Devlin and Georg Jensen, we can offer free auction valuations by appointment at the saleroom or your home.
Over the past ten years we have been particularly successful in identifying numerous rare pieces of provincial silver. As well as English and Scottish provincial pieces, we have sold several rare Irish examples including from Limerick and Kinsale. International interest has seen increasing demand for Chinese and Russian silver.
The burgeoning luxury market has seen strong and growing competition for the best objets de vertu. The best pieces are characterised by fine materials (rock crystal, enamel, gold, tortoiseshell), are often by the best makers (Faberge, Cartier) and include cigarette cases, snuff boxes and seal fobs.
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A pair of Irish provincial silver trefid spoons, William and/or Joseph Wall, Kinsale, circa 1715, each with maker's mark struck twice and with initials D/RM to terminal.
Sold for £8,000 + buyers premium
An Irish provincial hook end silver ladle, Joseph Johns, Limerick circa 1760, with fluted scalloped bowl, foliate engraved stem and crest, 35cm long, approximately 204gm.
Sold for £3,000 + buyers premium
A George III silver nutmeg grater, Hester Bateman, lion passant mark, of oval form with hinged cover to the grater, initialled E C, 7.5cm (3") long.
Sold for £1,000 + buyers premium
A Victorian silver "castle top" card case, Yapp & Woodward, Birmingham 1846, with view of Windsor Castle to one side and Tower of London to the other, 9.5cm
Sold for £3,800 + buyers premium
A fine pair of cast silver candelabra, Thomas Pitts, London 1807, of baluster form, cast with shells, scalework and gadrooning, with matching three-light two-arm candle sconce and eight matching nozzles, 45cm high.
Sold for £9,600 + buyers premium
An 18ct gold cigarette case, maker G E G, with hardstone button and engine turned decoration throughout, inscribed 'His Highness Sir Ismail of Johore; D.K., S.P.M.J., K.B.E., C.G.M., Etc., Etc. Johore Bahru, Johore' and dated 1971 within, approximately 242gm. Provenance: Little Sodbury Manor, South Gloucestershire.
Sold for £4,250 + buyers premium
An American silver water jug, Tiffany & Co, marked 3077 and 6384, the cylindrical neck above a bulbous body decorated with two bands of stylised waves, 18cm high, approximately 700gm. Provenance: Holcombe House, Painswick.
Sold for £1,800 + buyers premium
A silver ewer, naturalistically modelled as a kangaroo, with hinged lid, 21cm high, London 1882, maker's mark indistinct but believed WBJ, possibly for Walter Barnard and John Barnard, approximately 600gm. Provenance: belonged to Lord Carrington, 1st and last Marquess of Lincolnshire, Governor of New South Wales 1885-1890 .
Sold for £24,000 + buyers premium