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THE HOUSE OF SANDYS: OMBERSLEY COURT

Private Collection of the Sandys of Ombersley Court heads to Auction in aid of the Sandys Trust

Chorley’s are delighted to hold a further auction of the private collection of the illustrious Sandys family at Ombersely Court, Worcestershire. Offering a more personal insight into this historical family, who amassed an extraordinary collection of furniture, paintings, rare antiquarian books and works of art over many centuries. Proceeds of the auction will go to the Sandys Trust, a charity supporting a range of charitable causes close to the hearts of the Sandys.

 
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OUSTANDING RESULTS FOR A POLITICAL INHERITANCE

3rd Earl of Liverpool's collection exceeds £700,000 Hammer total

Chorley's saw high competition for works by descent from the private collection of the 3rd Earl of Liverpool, Charles Cecil Cope Jenkinson, (1784-1851) in its auction of A Political Inheriatance. "It was no surprise that a single-owner sale of noble provenance and with Royal connections was such a success.  It was particularly pleasing that every section of the sale had its star lots, from an Old Master ‘sleeper’, all the way to a gold box presented to the 3rd Earl by King Leopold I of Belgium."

 
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JOHN PEEL BUTTONS EXCEED EXPECTATIONS

D'ye ken John Peel Hunt Buttons sell for £7,000

A private collection of hunt buttons made for a successful sale, with keen collectors making for a sold rate of over 90%. A set of 18th century silver hunting buttons connected to the legendary English huntsman John Peel (1776–1854) saw competitive bidding with the buttons finally selling for £8, 974 against a pre-sale estimate of £3,000-£5,000. Some of the seven buttons in the set feature names his hounds and one of them engraved with a mounted huntsman.

 
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PORTRAIT OF AN ENGLISH FAMILY

A Political Inheritance comes to auction at Chorley's. The Contents of a Cotswold Country House

Works from the private collection of the 3rd Earl of Liverpool, Charles Cecil Cope Jenkinson, (1784-1851), once housed at the family seats of Pitchford Hall and Buxted Park to go under the hammer at Chorley’s. The sale comprises a quintessential English collection of family portraits with impeccable provenance, alongside Georgian furniture, porcelain, silver and enamel boxes. Royal gifts to the family among the works.

 
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Supporting the Country Food Trust

Chorley’s announces The Country Food Trust as Charity of the Year for 2024

Chorley’s is proud to align with The Country Food Trust, recognising the profound impact the charity has on addressing food insecurity and nutritional challenges in local communities. Throughout the year, Chorley’s will integrate The Country Food Trust’s mission into its auctions and events, actively promoting the charity and raising funds to support its initiatives. “We are thrilled to announce The Country Food Trust as our Charity of the Year for 2024"

 
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Chorley's Sets Sail into 2024

Marine Art takes centre stage in 2024's Spring Fine Art & Antiques auction

Chorley’s are delighted to announce their first Fine Art and Antiques auction of the year, which will offer strong entries across all main categories including pictures, jewellery, silver and furniture. Taking place on 6th February, the auction will feature a selection of classic marine paintings. Casting an auspiciously wide net of price points, the auction should appeal to both seasoned collectors and those entering the world of marine pictures for the first time.

 
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The Poet and the Philosopher

Chorley's discovers unknown Letters by Lord Byron and Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Lord Byron was the most fashionable poet of the 1800s, as well as the most infamous. He spearheaded the Romantic Movement, a creative philosophy with a focus on individuality and emotion, as well as a passion for nature and a reminiscence of the past. The Romantic movement accentuated strong emotion as a genuine source of the aesthetic experience, which fitted well with Lord Byron’s reputation as a Romantic hero.

 
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World Record Result for Simmonds' Black Mare

William Simmond's groundbreaking sculpture 'The Black Mare' achieves £45,000 plus fees

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. Simmonds was aRoyal Academician and one of the main proponents of the Arts & Crafts movement.

 
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Chorley's Discovers Lost Letter

Lost Letter penned by literary genius Dr Samuel Johnson discovered in Gloucestershire Country House

"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."

 
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