There were a number of new faces at Chorley’s sale on 24th September 2009 as some of them were there to contest Lot 1, a Ford Popular two-door saloon car. This had been garaged for 30 years and would make a superb restoration project. An estimate of £300-500 was soon overtaken and the new owner paid £700, arguably a bargain but then these cars retailed at £390 in the 1950s!
A small group of books on Gloucestershire attracted local interest with a copy of Atkyn’s Gloucestershire (Lot 11) realising £2,500. A more modern offering, the first volume of Giles cartoons (Lot 62) made a satisfactory £1150.
A small picture section contained a number of surprises. Three watercolours by three very different artists who, coincidentally were all near contemporaries, were hotly contested. Lot 91, a landscape with shepherd and sheep by Stanley Royle (1888-1961) the Sheffield artist, was estimated at £200-300. The publication of a catalogue of his works in late 2008 has reinvigorated interest in the artist and a result of £1,900 was achieved. Scottie Wilson (1889-1972), the Scottish-born ‘outsider artist’ had an unmistakeable style and a typical ‘Tree of Life’ realised £700. Local artist Charles March Gere (1869-1957), who was an associate of the Arts and Crafts movement and lived in Painswick, was also represented with a Welsh landscape fetching £580.
There were some pleasing results in a full ceramic section with Moorcroft, Troika and Royal Worcester performing strongly. As is so often the case, it was the Oriental section that held the star lot with a small bowl by the famous potter Kozan racing to a £1,400 hammer price. The best things sometimes come in small packages and this bowl, diameter just 12.5 cm, had gorgeous detail to the decorative panels of figures and animals.
Prices for jewellery seem to be holding up well or even increasing, and a colourful selection saw some sparkling prices. Lot 260, a very colourful diamond and sapphire pendant reached £750, from the same vendor Lot 261, an amethyst and diamond cocktail-type ring netted £750 and Lot 262, a yellow sapphire and diamond ring saw £1,000.
The salerooms have seen some truly staggering prices for collectables in recent months and September’s sale was no exception. Lot 297, a group of Queen Anne and later silver coins made £900 and a group of world crowns, Lot 299, just exceeded this at £920. Lot 303, four albums of postcards showing Bristol and South West topographical views saw a spectacular £820. A real surprise was the copper jelly mould embossed with a classical head in profile estimated at just £60-80 had jaws dropping as it crept slowly to an eventual hammer price of £1,450.
Decorative items still find keen buyers and a Regency chandelier (Lot 344) reached £1,200 a few lots before a stained glass panel depicting St Raphael (and with a clear pre-Raphaelite influence) produced an estimate busting £2,300. While Victorian furniture is well known to be a depressed market (a set of six mahogany dining chairs sold for just £170) there are glimpses of a resurgence in demand for quality Georgian mahogany. Lot 473, a George III mahogany chest with brushing slide hit £750 and a similar chest (Lot 517) of more satisfying proportions made £2,000.
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Chorley’s next sale is Thursday 22nd October 2009. For more information please visit the online catalogue on www.simonchorley.com