LONDON – A collection of British Regency porcelain described as “the finest to appear at auction within living memory” is to be offered at The Twinight Collection sale at Bonhams on Wednesday September 29. The 103-lot sale represents the very best of the products of all the great English makers of the late 18th and 19th century including Chamberlain, Flight, Barr and Barr and Derby. Among the highlights is a Chamberlain soup tureen, cover and stand from the Abergavenny Service, made in around 1813, and estimated at £8,000-£12,000. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Bonhams Head of British Ceramics and Glass, Fergus Gambon, said: “I have never come across a collection of British porcelain from the Regency era of such quality and variety. The painted decoration alone, often enhanced with rich ground colors, and the elaborate gilding, is remarkable and represents the finest available at the time. Many of the pieces have provenance from important British aristocratic families and others bear portraits of key figures such as George III and the Duke of Wellington. This is a once-in-a-generation sale and I expect a great deal of interest from collectors.”
Other highlights include:
A Chamberlain cabinet plate by Thomas Baxter circa 1820. The plate features the Precious Wentletrap shell, named from the Dutch for ‘spiral staircase’, once considered to be extremely rare; in the 18th century, some specimens were sold to collectors for enormous sums. The plate is estimated at £10,000-£15,000.
A Flight, Barr and Barr centerpiece, painted with shells by Thomas Baxter around 1815, before he moved to the Chamberlain factory. It carries an estimate of £10,000-£15,000.
Two important Copeland and Garrett presentation cabinet cups and stands, dated 1833. Made for Mr. Copeland and Mr. Garrett, the bright turquoise grounds are finely painted with flowers, fruit and scattered butterflies. The pair is estimated at £8,000-£12,000.
A Swansea tureen and cover from the Lysaght Service, circa 1817-20, painted at the factory by Henry Morris. Tureens from this service are extremely scarce. Estimate: £7,000-£10,000
A pair of Derby vases, circa 1815, painted all around in the manner of William ‘Quaker’ Pegg. The pale blue ground is most unusual on Derby porcelain. A similar background color was used by William Billingsley at Worcester around the same date as these magnificent vases. The pair is estimated at £7,000-£10,000.
The current rate of exchange is £1 = $1.36.
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