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Chorley’s sale of a spectacular work by Royal Academician and one of the main proponents of the Arts & Crafts movement, William Simmonds (1876-1968). The Black Mare standing at 48cm x 76cm x 41cm has achieved a world record price of £45,000 plus Fees.
It was created in Simmonds’ famed Gloucestershire studio and dates from 1925.
"I spent a long afternoon between the library and drawing room, collating volumes of Tillotson, Defoe, Kipling and Scott that had been separated throughout the years, during their time in the various generations of the family. Finally, a letter from and signed by, the famous Dr Johnson appeared towards the end of the volume. We were thrilled to discover that it was a missing letter written by Dr Johnson himself."
A painting that was miscatalogued 50 years ago has been found to be by one of the greatest Italian scenic painters in history. Research by Chorley’s auctioneers has confirmed that a stunning view of Naples in oil is by the renowned painter Antonio Joli (1700-1777). This particular painting by Joli encapsulates Naples in its heyday, where music and painting flourished and it relished in being the Royal capital of the richest Italian state.