Chorley’s two-day auction on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd November featured a strong Modern and Contemporary Art & Design section which saw good results across all disciplines. Iconic design got the crowds bidding with a pair of teak framed Boomerang chairs by Peter Hvidt and Orla Molgaard Nielsen for France & Son (Lot 1023) reaching £2,000 and an Arne Jacobsen Egg chair and ottoman selling for £1,700 (Lot 1032).
Following the success of the French Daum lamp sold by Chorley’s earlier in the year for £10,500, a similar shade was discovered in the attic from the same private collector (Lot 1085). Though this time unfortunately lacking a base, it was still a rare and collectible item and a frenzy of international bidding took it all the way to £4,000.
A selection of Scottish pictures featured within the auction with a beautiful still life of sweet peas by artist John Cunningham (Lot 889) making £3,000 and a coastal view of cottages by Donald McIntyre £2,885. A local scene of Sapperton in Gloucestershire by Simon Palmer (Lot 866) drew in crowds from further afield, eventually selling for £3,200.
Arts and Crafts continued to perform well with a William Morris rug featuring the original Hammersmith logo selling for £2,800 (Lot 1033) and a table made by local craftsman Fred Foster, who originally worked with Peter Waals, selling for £450 (Lot 980).
Among the jewellery the star lot of the auction was a beautiful diamond rivière necklace (Lot 1143) set with 83 graduated diamonds, fitted within a Wartski box. With many bidders trying it for size prior to the auction, the hammer finally knocked down at £10,250. Other highlights within the jewellery section included a single stone diamond ring of over 2cts selling for £6,000 (Lot 1140) and an Art Deco diamond and emerald ring selling for £2,500 (Lot 1141).
Elsewhere in the sale a Flemish tortoiseshell cabinet (Lot 566) set with paintings depicting the Life of Christ and with good country house provenance, being from Hardwicke Court near Gloucester, saw bidding reach a mid-estimate £6,500.
A good collection of postcards and books from the Collection of the Late Alan & Joan Tucker saw collectors travel from across the country to view. While the postcards achieved solid results, it was their early 19th Century packets of playing cards that achieved the best prices. These Astronomical and Geographical playing cards were produced by Charles Hodges in the late 1820s and their rarity ensured strong competition. Lot 164 was the trump card, reaching £4,200.
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November auction catalogue:
Tuesday 21 & Wednesday 22 November 2017
10am each day
Sunday 19 November, 10am-4pm
Monday 20 November, 9am-5pm
Mornings of Sale, 8.30am-10am
(Additional viewing for Postcards only on
Thursday 16 & Friday 17 November - by appointment)
Live internet bidding will be available with
The Auction Room (no additional bidding fee)
The Saleroom (3% additional fee)
Invaluable (5% additional fee)