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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.


Chorley's Sets Sail into 2024

Marine Art takes centre stage in 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. 


The Poet and the Philosopher

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

The only known letter to exist between poet Lord Byron & politician Major John Cartwright has been found in a country house in England and a letter brought in for a routine valuation is discovered to be from the great philosopher & composer Jean Jacques Rousseau to Monsieur Chambrier 


World Record Result for Simmonds' Black Mare

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.


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."


Cotswolds Country House Furniture Flies at Auction!

English, Continental and Oriental pieces leave their estimates far behind

A small group of just over a dozen pieces of antique furniture from a local Cotswolds country house was the highlight of Chorley’s July 25-26 Summer Fine Art sale in Prinknash, Gloucestershire. 



The Original Toad Hall

The Inspiration for Toad Hall in the Much-Loved Children's Novel The Wind in the Willows

On 27th June 2023, Chorley’s Auctioneers were delighted to present a series of landscapes depicting views of the Thames Valley to coincide with the Henley Royal Regatta. Fawley Court, the nearby country estate, is linked to the famous Temple Island where the world-renowned race begins each year. Fawley Court was the inspiration for Toad Hall in the much-loved 1908 children’s book The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.


Chorley's Uncovers Old Master

Misattributed painting resurfaces as work by great Italian scenic painter Antonio Joli

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.


Henry Sandon Study Collection goes under the hammer at Chorley’s

Chorley's Sells Leading Ceramics Expert's Private Collection

Chorley’s Auctioneers were delighted to sell the private collection of BBC Antiques Roadshow’s long-serving expert, Henry Sandon (MBE). A world-recognised antiques expert, Henry Sandon (1928-2023) was an author, lecturer, and the father of the TV ceramics expert John Sandon. He began his career in archaeology, offering a deep insight into the world of ceramics from all countries, cultures and decades. Sandon was best-known for his role on the long-running BBC television show, Antiques Roadshow.