September 20th: Auction Preview
Three important pieces of Australian gold jewellery will go under the hammer at Chorley’s of Prinknash Abbey Park, Gloucestershire on 20th September.
These museum quality pieces illustrate the skill and innovation of goldsmiths during the gold rush era and are of huge cultural significance to Australia and its mining heritage. During this vibrant period immigrant jewellers turned their talents to the depiction of Australian flora and fauna leading to the development of a truly distinctive Australian style and identity. The most important pioneers of this style were Julius Hogarth (1820-1879) and Conrad Erichsen, who were the first Australian jewellers to create gold brooches and bracelets which incorporated native flora and fauna and occasionally small Aboriginal figures. The sale includes an oval brooch depicting an emu and a kangaroo beneath a grass tree and banksia and is estimated to fetch between £2000-3000. Another key figure is Christian Ludwig Qwist (1818-1877), a talented jeweller as well as a photographer. Quist worked for Hogarth & Erichsen just prior to their 1861 bankruptcy and was involved in photographing their products as well as in goldsmithing. An elaborate gold bracelet carries his mark. It is also likely that the little silver figures of emu, kangaroo and Aborigine would have been supplied by Julius Hogarth. Few bracelets of this quality survive and this example is expected to achieve between £6,000-8,000.
A group of fully furnished 19th Century dolls houses will attract the attention of little girls and collectors alike. Lot 537, an English ‘Boxback’ house made around 1870, is furnished with some particularly rare contemporary objects. This miniature masterpiece has a kitchen in typical 'sugar bag' blue with original range, dresser, sink, copper and towel roller, the drawing room is furnished with upholstered chairs and a giltwood conversation seat, and there is a family of seven Grodnertal dolls in original costume in residence. The pre-sale estimate is £4000-6000.
Now, do you remember Archie Andrews, an idiosyncratic dummy used by ventriloquist Peter Brough in the 1950s and ‘60s? Attributed to the same maker, Leonard Insull, this fantastic dummy has moving eyes, eyebrows and lips & will be attracting many bidders from across the globe with an estimate of £600-800. This is your chance to get hold of such a rare little chap! Elsewhere in the sale a collection of French, German and English dolls by makers such as Kammer & Reinhardt, Armand Marseille and Heubach Koppelsdorf will be looking for new homes with estimates ranging from an affordable £50 all the way to fine examples that should fetch in excess of £500.
In addition to the specialist sections of jewellery and toys, the September sale also includes a good selection of high quality antique furniture, paintings and ceramics including some handsome Derby pot pourri vases, Lot 217, estimate £1000-1500.
The fully illustrated and searchable online catalogue is now live on our website www.chorleys.com.
Tuesday 20 September 2016 10.00am
Sunday 18 September, 10am-4pm
Monday 19 September, 9am-5pm
Live internet bidding available with The Auction Room and The Saleroom.
Browse the September catalogue. Click on image above.
November 22nd & 23rd: Modern Art & Design, Oriental Works of Art, Country House Antiques
including the Contents of The Old Inn, Painswick
Entries invited until 14th October.