Chorley’s forthcoming sale on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th May includes an interesting collection of Modern and Contemporary Art and Design with a good selection of paintings, prints, sculpture, drawings, studio glass, pottery and furniture. There is also a strong silver and jewellery section.
The sale will be a unique opportunity to purchase items from ‘The Studio Sale’ of artists Ronald and Betty Pennell and their collection of 20th century European paintings and sculpture spanning 50 years. It includes artists from Europe and the USA, notably those associated with Elizabeth Organ’s iconic Kilvert Gallery in Clyro near Hay on Wye. Ronald Pennell has an international reputation in the art world for his work in bronze and notably his richly engraved narratives on hand-blown glass vessel forms. Tutored by John Nash and Edward Bawden at the Royal College of Art, Betty Pennell continues the British Romantic landscape tradition with distinctive, personalised imagery from the English/Welsh borderlands: magical juxtapositions of yew trees, pathways, hedges and enigmatic figures in oil, watercolour and wood engraving. The collection consists of just under 70 works with estimates ranging from as little as £30 up to £1,500, offering something for everyone!
Anyone looking for a show piece must look no further! A fresh take on the 18th century French armchair, artist Karim Rashid drew inspiration from 20th century Finnish designer Eero Saarinen to design the Veuve Clicquot ‘Loveseat’. This limited- edition piece is made from baby pink moulded fibreglass with chrome pedestal, complete with display champagne bottle, estimate £2,500-3,500.
There are a good number of paintings on offer including an oil by Duncan Grant (1885-1978) painted in 1927, depicting a man seated in a harbour, estimate £3,000-5,000 and two oils by Scottish painter and printmaker Elizabeth Violet Blackadder (b. 1931), Japanese Plate with Fruit carrying an estimate of £5,000- 7,000 and Lady in Kimono estimated at £2,000-3,000. The large prints and watercolour section includes works by John Piper, Victor Pasmore and Mary Fedden to name a few as well as a group of fantastic print folios after Piet Mondrian, Leon Bakst and Henri Matisse.
If you want an iconic design to feature within your home, then an Eames chair could be the answer. Since the early 1950s when Charles and Ray Eames started developing their plastic chairs, they have become icons of mid-century Modernist design.
Included in the sale are a set of four DSR (Dining height Side chair Rod base) and a pair of DAR (Dining height Armchair Rod base) chairs produced by Herman Miller, in matching grey, with estimates at £200-300 and £300-500.
The Art Deco glamour of the 1920s is well represented by a group of Lalique glass consigned by a private collector. The striking designs include an opalescent clock in the ‘Les Inseparables’ pattern of love birds nestling in cherry blossom, estimate £800-1,000 and a ‘Ceylon’ vase with decorative raised figures of birds among branches, estimate £200-300. The Art Nouveau movement is also beautifully captured by a glass lamp, etched and enamelled with silver birch trees in a summer landscape, which glows softly when lit. Designed by the French crystal studio Daum around the start of the 20th century, the lamp is a rare design and in excellent condition and should attract international interest, estimate £800-1,200.
Chorley’s Modern sale runs alongside a strong jewellery and silver section that includes a wide variety of antique and modern pieces to sit all tastes. A stunning tanzanite ring with a central stone of 7.8 carats and with baguette cut diamonds to the shoulders will certainly attract attention. In 2002 the American Gem Trade Association chose Tanzanite as a birthstone for December, the first change to their birthstone list since 1912. Estimated at £2,000-3,000 this would make a perfect gift to a stylish Sagittarius or a classy Capricorn.
Chorley’s hit the headlines in 2016 when they sold a group of Australian gold rush jewellery for record sums. This sale also has a piece which should attract bidding from down under, a diamond kangaroo brooch, set with a ruby eye. This well made little piece asks £2,000-3,000. The Cheltenham Festival is over for another year but a pair of brooches modelled as racehorses at a full gallop would make the perfect gift for the race goer. The diamond set horses with their enamelled jockeys are in their original fitted case and ask £3,500-4,000. A pretty pair of fire opal and diamond pendant earrings also come in a fitted case from Scott Cooper, the well-known Cheltenham jewellers, and should easily achieve the £300-500 expectations.
Among the wristwatches there are affordable classics such as a gentleman’s 1960s Omega Seamaster at £100-150 and a lady’s Cartier ‘Tank’ at £800-1,000. The section is led by a striking 18 carat gold and diamond Piaget watch set with approximately 4.8 carats of diamonds, estimate £2,500-3,500.
The backbone of the silver section is a 50-lot local private collection. The highlights include a George III silver teapot and teapot stand dating to 1788. It is quite rare to find teapots with their original stands and it is particularly important in this case as both items have a distinctive rectangular shape with concave corners. This is classic British silversmithing at its best and seems reasonable at £500-700. The collection also includes a fantastically complete Warwick cruet. The Warwick cruet is so named because the first cruet of this type was made for the Duke of Warwick in 1715, it differed from earlier examples as it contained three casters and two glass bottles. The example on offer is in nice condition and made by Samuel Woods, London 1755, estimate £2,000-3,000.
Elsewhere in the sale are a handsome tankard by Henry Payne, London 1747, estimate £700-900 and a well-matched set of four neo-classical candlesticks, £1,000-1,500. Among the smaller items, a William IV vinaigrette of book form by Taylor & Perry has crossover appeal and a modest estimate of £120-180 while a silver model of a foxhound is of local interest having been a Cotswold Hunt Puppy Show prize in 1929-1932, estimate £80-120.
All figures provided above are the auctioneers estimates and the final sale price will attract buyer’s premium (24% incl VAT) on top of the hammer price. Other charges may also apply. See www.chorleys.com for details.