Over the ten years since Chorley’s was founded, emerging from the Art & Antiques division of the well known chartered surveyors Bruton Knowles, the firm has been privileged to handle sales from many large country houses in Gloucestershire and beyond. On Tuesday 19th & Wednesday 20th July, Chorley’s will celebrate this 10th anniversary with an auction consisting of fresh-to-the-market country house material which will be sure to generate strong interest and prices.
From Apperley Court near Tewkesbury come five wonderful paintings of cattle by the early 19th Century artist John Pitman. Pitman is best known for his portraits of horses, but these five oils are among his finest work. Commissioned by the Mrs’s Strickland of Apperley Court, they depict several named cattle including an award winning dairy cow, a bull and a short horn’d ox. The short horn’d ox was bred by the Mrs’s Strickland and exhibited at the Smithfield Club Show in Christmas 1832 where he was awarded the silver medal. Each painting carries a pre-sale estimate of £2,000-3,000. Also from Apperley Court comes a pair of Chippendale period corner commodes (sometimes called encoignures) in lovely untouched condition. One of these serpentine fronted chests has a hinged cover enclosing a fitted interior for washbowl and other accessories. The quality of the pair suggests a first division maker and accordingly they are estimated at £10,000-15,000.
From a local country house comes a collection of oil paintings, mainly portraits, including an early 18th Century depiction of Graves Martyn, bencher of Lincoln’s Inn. With one hand resting on a table by a neatly tied bundle of legal documents, he looks every inch the prosperous lawyer and the portrait is estimated at £2,000-3,000. A Wiltshire country house has consigned several pictures of sporting interest including a pair of studies of grouse by Stephen Elmer. Elmer was another 18th Century artist who specialised in depictions of game; this large pair of oils is typical of his work and should realise £4,000-6,000. Another genre of painting well represented in the sale will be marine art; a depiction of a man o’ war from three angles by Charles Brooking should sail away at £5,000-7,000 while a set of four etchings by William Lionel Wyllie will attract interest with a pre-sale estimate of £700-1,000.
In addition to furniture and pictures, the auction also includes a good selection of ceramics, clocks, jewellery and other antiques.
Tuesday 19 July & Wednesday 20 July
starting at 10am each day
Sunday 17 July, 10am-4pm
Monday 18 July, 9am-5pm
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