Chorley’s Auctioneers have announced details of their upcoming auction, which will take place November 23-24, with a focus on fine art and antiques and jewelry and silver.
The Fine Art & Antiques auction sells around 100 lots from the estate of Lord Charteris of Amisfield, who was an officer in the British Army and the longest serving Deputy Private Secretary to Queen Elizabeth II, becoming her Principal Private Secretary in 1972 It has been argued by some historians and commentators that Charteris was the Queen’s favorite courtier (and this point was brought to light thanks to the popular Netflix TV series The crown). Upon retirement from their role in 1977, the Charteris family moved to the Cotswold village of Wood Stanway; the following year Lord Charteris was appointed provost of Eton College; a devoted servant in this role, retiring in 1991.
The auction will feature gifts from the Prince of Wales to Lord and Lady Charteris. Several historical watercolors by a great friend Hugh Casson, including The garter ceremony with Harold Macmillan and Harold Wilson (two former prime ministers), two watercolors from the study of Lord Charteris at Buckingham Palace and of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother at Eton College Chapel.
There is a photo signed by the Queen and Prince Charles seated with numerous statesmen and several photographs of the Provost of Eton seated with members of the Eton Political Society, including Boris Johnson, her brother, Leo and Jacob Rees-Mogg. Lord Charteris was also a skilled sculptor and several of his works are included in the auction.
Chorley’s November sale also emphasizes fine jewelry with a good variety of Victorian styles, art Deco and later pieces to choose from. Not only is November a great time to buy this precious piece of jewelry as a Christmas present, but by buying jewelry at auction, you get a lot more sparkle for your money, and it’s a long-lasting choice as well.
The November auction features several stunning diamond rings valued at between £ 1,000 and £ 3,000, as well as a Victorian diamond crescent brooch, which we are delighted to see come back into fashion.
Other pieces of note include a large American table service in sterling silver with a Monticello motif, by Rogers, Lunt & Bowen, circa 1908 (£ 1,000 to £ 1,500).
There will also be several pieces from prolific 19th-century furniture maker Howard & Sons – two armchairs and a sofa (the latter is estimated between £ 6,000 and £ 8,000).
Thomas Jenner-Fust, Director, notes: “Howard & Sons opened in 1820 and was one of the main suppliers of the Victorian era. They supplied upholstered furniture to royal residences, stately homes and even to Savoy. Over the past twenty years, their period furniture has become very popular with interior designers, and we are very happy to offer three somewhat special pieces for this sale.
Finally, Adrien Manglard (1695-1760) oil canvas Baya Bay, Naples is estimated at £ 4,000 to £ 6,000 and a 3-inch Minshulls pocket globe, circa 1810, for around £ 3,000 to £ 5,000 (see top of page). These pocket globes looked almost like a handheld computer and this example shows the itineraries of Captain Cooks’ voyage from 1776, as well as Anson’s 1740-44 voyage. With this exceptional piece, you can truly have the whole world in the palm of your hands!
About Chorley’s: Chorley’s is a British auction house, based in Gloucestershire. Drawing on its experience and expertise, Chorley’s conducts sales of valuable antiques and works of art and undertakes professional appraisal work for private and corporate clients. Chorley’s sells on an international market, through auctions held in its halls located in the beautiful grounds of Prinknash Abbey, which are broadcast live to bidders online via the Internet auction platforms The Saleroom and Chorley’s Live .
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