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Fantastic Summer Sale on 25th June at Simon Chorley Art & Antiques

The sale at Prinknash Abbey on Thursday 25th June 2009 - 10.30 am, will include items being sold on behalf of the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust – a charity the auctioneers are proud to be associated with – which helps safeguard our religious buildings for future generations.  Particularly in light of the recent financial hardships suffered by many individuals, it is heartening to see so many generous donations.

One such offering is ‘The Complete Diaries of a Cotswold Parson’, a large work in 10 volumes covering the life and times of F E Witts.  This is of enormous local interest and each volume has been signed by the great-great grandson of the author, by the publisher, and by the Bishop of Gloucester, est £200-300.  Also in the book section but on a grander scale is a bound edition of the Complete Works of Sir Winston Churchill.  Each of the 34 volumes has the Churchill arms embossed to the front cover in gilt.  Only 3,000 editions of the book were published, of which this is numbered 1070, est £1,500-2,000.

Lot 99Lot 99Among a solid picture section is a delightful landscape with sheep by the Victorian artist E D F Pritchard.  This oil is of an impressive size, pleasing subject, est £600-800.

Among the ceramics are fine examples of British, European and Oriental porcelain and pottery from the Tang Dynasty up to the 20th century and ranging from Meissen to Martin Brothers to Royal Worcester.  A particularly interesting item of social history is Lot 141, an extensive miniature dinner service.  This was produced by the publisher George Philip & Son, and would have been used to help teach servants the correct way to lay a dining table.  This may well find a buyer from the ‘dolls house’ collecting field.  Est £600-800.

A strong Oriental section includes a large Japanese charger, c1700, est £120-180.  The Chinese items range from early pottery through to fine famille verte saucer dishes to a Tang pottery polo player, est £80-120 and two equestrian ridge tiles from the late Ming era, est £800-1,200.

Lot 285Lot 285An interesting piece of royal memorabilia heads up the silver section.  An ornate teapot of melon shape is made more collectable by the inscription to the base, ‘Presented by Queen Victoria to William Sterndale, June 1849’, est £600-800.

Among the wide selection of jewellery is a pretty diamond brooch, est £800-1,200, an elegant pair of Edwardian emerald and diamond earrings, est £2,000-2,500, an aquamarine single stone pendant, est £1,000-1,500 and a stunning opal set bracelet est £1,800-2,200.

The furniture section includes items from diverse historical and geographical periods.  There are a number of items of Dutch furniture including a kneehole card table at £400-600. Moving to 18th century England, a carved mahogany hall table carries expectations of £5,000-8,000.  Travelling to late 19th century France, there is a high quality display cabinet with ornate gilt Lot 585Lot 585metal mounts in the manner of Francois Linke.  This carries all the hallmarks of quality cabinet, reflected in an estimate of £5,000-7,000.  Moving right up to the 21st century, but losing none of the quality, is a table in beautiful warm English cherry designed by Alan Tilbury and made by Ian Heseltine, which was awarded a Bespoke Guild Mark from the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers and was the winner of the 2002 Claxton Stevens prize, est £8,000-12,000.  Very much in the spirit of John Makepeace, under whom Ian Heseltine studied, this is a highly unusual take on the reading table with six adjustable book rests which fold away flush into the top so that the table can also be used for dining.  It is safe to say that such a high quality handmade design will stand the test of time and become an antique of the future.

Viewing days are Tues 23rd June, 9am-7pm, Wed 24th June, 9am-5pm. 

For further details, please contact the office on 01452 344499 or visit the website to view the fully illustrated online catalogue

Simon Chorley Art & Antiques
Prinknash Abbey Park
Telephone 01452 344499
Fax          01452 814533


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