Sporting Chance | Fine Art & Antiques Auction 21 & 22 September

After the Summer break, we have a busy schedule of auctions planned for the Autumn.  In October we will focus on art and design from the 20th Century to Contemporary, and in November our sale will make a feature of fine jewellery, silver and toys, but September’s two-day auction highlights the beauty and longevity of traditional antiques and objects.

The Cotswolds has strong Sporting traditions, and it is no surprise that our auction offers a good selection of sporting prints, ceramics and collectables. Ever popular, no less than 18 prints by ‘Snaffles’ will be sought after by collectors of his amusing depictions of the trials and tribulations of horsemanship.  The Gent in Ratcatcher (Lot 949) shows a rider in ‘ratcatcher’ jacket puffing on a pipe while in the vignette below a groom diligently brushes a horse until it gleams, estimate £200-300.  Equestrian portraits always do well and among the oils (Lot 976) attributed to John Boultbee (1753-1812), depicts a bay hunter, Fearnought, standing in a landscape, estimate £500-700.

Other sporting effects in the sale include a wide selection of taxidermy and mounted antlers, as well as other sporting related antiques. From less local origins, the sporting theme continues with the Glen Tutssel collection of Western saddles, spurs and chaps assembled over the course of many years. A leather Western saddle (Lot 1041) by N Porter & Co. Phoenix, Arizona, circa 1920, is one of several in the sale, estimate £400-500. 

Antiquarian books from the Library at Spetchley Park include a book of psalms, exquisitely designed by William Morris and printed by the Kelmscott Press in 1894, estimate £2000-3000 (Lot 154). A remarkable private collection of books by Winston Churchill includes an 1898 first edition copy of The Story of the Malakand Field Force with maps and plans, estimate £2000-3000 (Lot 240) as well as novels by H G Wells and H E Bates. Proceeds from Peter Little Collection will be donated to 7 different charities.

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