Thursday, October 11th 2012 will see an important mixed sale at Chorley’s, primarily consisting of books, paintings and sporting items.
The lower saleroom now resembles a library having been filled with over 350 lots of books totalling many thousands of volumes. Among these, Lot 250 is a stunning copy of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayam, translated by Edward Fitzgerald. The original verses by the Persian scholar Omar Khayam were translated by Fitzgerald in the mid-Victorian era and his translation remains the best known. A vast number of translations exist in many languages and various publishers, illustrators and bookbinders have produced fantastic editions over the years. This limited edition was designed and illuminated by Sangorski and Sutcliffe on hand-made paper bound in vellum, with gilt decoration of a peacock to the cover. Fit for a Sultan, the coveted volume asks £1,500-2,000.
Lot 694 is equally spectacular being the rare ‘Disciples Edition’ of Georges Cuvier’s magnum opus ‘Le Regne Animal’. Not only is this a hugely important work in its own right, it comes contained within a carved presentation desk with an interesting pedigree. The desk is by William Gibbs Rogers, a notable carver commissioned by Queen Victoria to carve a cradle for the Great Exhibition of 1851; the cradle is now on display at Kensington Palace Museum. His work can also be found in Churches and Universities. This unusual desk with integral volumes was presented to George Edward Day (1815-1872) by 158 graduates of St Andrews University; the desk is not only carved with an image of St Andrews but also with armorials relating to the Day family. George Edward Day was Professor of Medicine at St Andrews from 1849-1863 and the esteem in which he was held by his pupils can be gauged by the impressive nature of his retirement gift. Perhaps the most personal and historically interesting part of this desk is the ‘21st Volume, a Testimonial Volume’ containing photos and signatures of many of the graduates who presented the desk as well as a photo of William Gibbs Rogers. The lot is estimated at £6,000-10,000.
Lot 147, the Cubitt Estates Limited Archive is a historically important collection of over 550 volumes relating to the development and management of some of the best known London property empires including the Crown and Grosvenor Estates. The archive covers a wide area of London including Pimlico, Clapham, Fulham and Battersea as well as areas outside London such as Brighton. The contents include division and development of land, rentals, maps, ledgers and curiosities such as a volume recording sales of keys for communal gardens in London squares (1866-1867). Dating from the mid 19th to the mid 20th Century, it primarily relates to the substantial property portfolio founded by William Cubitt (1791-1863), much of which was developed and built by his brother, the builder Thomas Cubitt. This archive represents a rich mine of information for historians as it contains names and addresses of thousands of Londoners over a hundred year period and is estimated to fetch between £8,000-12,000.
A painting by George Edward Lodge (1860-1954) is sure to generate interest among bird lovers. Although lesser known than his contemporary Archibald Thorburn, he was comparable in talent. The two men worked together on one book and Thorburn recommended Lodge for a commission that he had been offered in New Zealand. Lodge was an authority on falconry and Lot 476, a study of a Greenland falcon and young, shows his expertise in rendering these birds. Perched on a rocky outcrop, it is hoped they will soar to their £6,000-8,000 estimate.
George Edward Lodge (1860-1954)
A Greenland falcon and young
Gwen John (1876-1939) was a Welsh born artist who moved to France in the early 20th Century, a time of great artistic change. She became the lover of Auguste Rodin and met such luminaries as Picasso and Matisse. Her own work was influenced by James McNeill Whistler and is characterised by muted tones and stillness appropriate for her subject matter; usually a seated woman, in prayer or with her hands on her lap. Lot 518 in this sale is a portrait of a woman sewing; rendered in subtle tones of green and yellow, the painting is typical of Gwen John’s work and carries pre-sale expectations of £20,000-30,000.
Gwen John (1876-1939)
A portrait of a woman sewing
A French artist of the same era, Edouard Leon Cortes (1882-1969), was a post-impressionist artist known for his Parisian cityscapes painted at different times of day under varying weather conditions. Represented in this sale by Lot 529, a view of Café de la Paix, Place de l’Opera, this bustling scene after a rainstorm should achieve £10,000-15,000.
An earlier offering and one with royal connections is Lot 561, a portrait of Charles & Elizabeth, the children of King James I of England and IV of Scotland. These two both survived into adulthood with Charles going on to become King Charles I and his sister to become Queen of Bohemia. Interestingly, when the Stuart monarchy died with Queen Anne it was the Hanoverian descendants of Elizabeth ‘The Winter Queen’ who went on to rule. This oil painting is historically interesting as well as being an attractive portrait and should reach its £10,000-15,000 estimate.
Lot 780, a bronze by Jacob Epstein entitled ‘Piccaninny’ comes from an edition of just 8. Interestingly one of the castings was a nominee for the Country Life / LAPADA Object of the Year 2012 competition. A charming piece it asks £3,000-5,000.
The sporting section includes a variety of items from paintings to shotguns and harness. Those interested in hunting will be delighted by three pieces of presentation silver relating to the Berkeley Hunt. The Berkeley hounds are the oldest pack in the country with a lineage stretching back to the 12th Century. Puppy walking is undertaken by various subscribers, farmers and supporters every year in order to socialise the hound puppies before they return to kennels. There is a certain amount of friendly rivalry involved as prizes are given for the top puppies at the following year’s puppy show. Lot 958 is a presentation cup marked ‘Berkeley Hunt Puppy Show 1897 1st Prize’ and asks £200-300; Lot 959, another cup, is marked ‘Berkeley Hunt 1st Prize 3rd May 1917′ and is estimated at £150-200. The most interesting, Lot 960, is a salver engraved with the name of the hound and the walker ‘Lord Fitzhardinge’s Hound Puppy Show, 1913, 1st Prize, “Patience” walked by Tom Taylor, Lugg’s Farm, Sharpness’ estimate £250-350.
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Tuesday 9th October, 9am-5pm; Wednesday, 10th, 9am-5pm; Thursday, 11th , 8.30am-10.30am.
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