Chorley’s two-day ‘Country House Sale’ on Tuesday 18th & Wednesday 19th July will include items sourced from houses large and small across the three counties of Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and beyond.
A strong selection of militaria is led by a historic presentation sword presented to Lieutenant Colonel George Smith in 1802.
The booze flowed in a sale at fine art auctioneers Peter Wilson…but not a drop was drunk. This was fine “Midlelton Very Rare Irish Whiskey” and the 30 bottles that passed under the hammer in last week’s two-day sale were purchased purely for investment purposes.
The purchaser was appropriately an Irish man who had travelled to the Nantwich, Cheshire, saleroom, while a Bolton buyer bidding on the internet secured rare bottles of St George’s Distillery Whisky and American Bourbon retailed by the English Whisky Co.
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.
A selection of English and Asian antiques and fine paintings ranging from the 18th through to the 20th century from Abbotswood, Gloucestershire, will be offered at auction at Donnington Priory on 24th May. The auction comprises over 260 lots, featuring fine furniture, ceramics and glass, works of art and sculpture, carpets, clocks, chandeliers, Chinese works of art and books. A strong group of paintings accompanies the selected contents with works by internationally recognised artists such as Sir Alfred James Munnings, Christopher Wood and Celso Lagar.
An evocative collection of Meccano is to be sold by Lawrences Auctioneers of Crewkerne.
The collection was assembled by a gentleman in Devon over the course of a lifetime and it includes a wide variety of the boxed construction sets that made Meccano’s reputation. In particular there are three large sets in wooden cases - Outfit Numbers 6, 7 and 9 - an unused French Meccano set and a wide variety of other boxed sets including two that have never even been opened.
A collection of fine pens, belonging to the screen legend Sir Christopher Lee CBE (1922 – 2015) will be sold at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions on 12 April (10am) at Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire. This fine pen collection comprises 16 lots, with prices ranging from £80 - £800.
When specialists from Nantwich fine art auctioneers Peter Wilson were called to the Sandbach home of two brothers to value the contents, they thought they knew what to expect. What they found surprised everyone: a trio of old motorcars lying seemingly forgotten in the garden … and a motorcycle in bits found scattered around the property.
A fascinating album of photographs, giving a glimpse of life in one of Britain’s most distinguished country seats, came to light recently.
The album contains 44 large mounted photographs of the house, staff and estate at Highclere Castle in Hampshire, immortalised in popular culture as the setting for the ITV series `Downton Abbey` as the home of the fictional `Earl of Grantham` but it is actually the home of the Earls of Carnarvon.
Catherine Southon's first auction of the year – the auction house's 5th year – was a record with only 14% unsold. The auction took place at Farleigh Golf Club, near Croydon, on Wednesday, 22nd February 2017.
The sale included several private collections, including the sale of part of one of Arthur Lewin (the 'Flying Colonel') and his wife Nora Higgin's descendant's estate. Highlight of the collection was a rare gold Hong Kong Plague of 1894 medal issued to Nora's sister Elizabeth F Higgin, in original fitted Wyon red leather presentation case, together with a short presentation letter by the Honorary Secretaries, dated 25th September 1895.
When Guy Schwinge of Duke’s in Dorchester carried out a routine valuation at a house in Dorset he spotted a pair of porcelain groups on a shelf, which have turned out to be the Holy Grail of collectors of English porcelain, with a possible link to David Garrick.