Venice Painting by follower of Canaletto leads Chorley’s September Sale

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Painting by follower of Giovanni Antonio Canal, called Canaletto (Italian, 1697-1768)
Painting by follower of Giovanni Antonio Canal, called Canaletto (Italian, 1697-1768)

Chorley’s September Auction
Tuesday 22nd – Wednesday 23 September 2020

Venice Painting by follower of Canaletto leads Chorley’s September Sale

Chorley’s Autumn country house auction, where a major painting by a follower of Canaletto goes under the hammer with an estimate of £30,000 to £40,000. The painting leads the sale, which also features the principal contents of a country house in Gloucestershire.

The oil painting is entitled The Bucintoro returning to the Molo on Ascension Day, Venice/oil on canvas, 73.75cm x 125.75cm and is by a Follower of Giovanni Antonio Canal, called Canaletto (Italian, 1697-1768).  The stunning work is perhaps attributable to the British painter William James (act. 1730-1780).  On Canaletto’s 1754 trip to England James was one of the legendary painter’s studio assistants, after which James continued to work in the Canaletto style selling to wealthy clients as mementos of their Grand Tour.
Other lots come from a country house in Gloucestershire, which has been in the ownership of the current family for 90 years and Chorley’s September sale sees a selection of traditional country house antiques from the estate including oil paintings, furniture and decorative objects go under the hammer.

Indian watercolour painted in Patna
Indian watercolour painted in Patna

Significant and interesting lots include:

• An album of Indian watercolours painted in Patna in the mid-19th Century. The album of 75 watercolours depicting tradespeople, botany, ornithology and architecture offers a vivid window into the past and is expected to fetch £6,000-8,000.  

• A a pair of Anglo-Indian carved rosewood bookcases at £2,000-3,000.  

• A copy of Sir Robert Atkyn’s history of Gloucestershire, a volume that is an integral element in any country house collection. An estimate of £800-1,200 reflects its condition.  

• An exquisite and small gouache study of a Gyrfalcon from renowned wildlife artist and hero Peter Scott, estimate £300-500.

• One amusing conversation piece is the mahogany cased water closet by S Hawkins. Stephen Hawkins applied for his patent in 1821 for this forerunner to today’s loo and this rare survival is estimated at £400-600. 

• A highly decorative needlework screen of Anglo-Indian origin has delightful naïve decoration of figures taking tea while exotic animals parade and sometimes fight to the foreground.  Another one for the interior designers it asks £300-500.

Painting by Spanish artist Alejandro de Riquer
Painting by Spanish artist Alejandro de Riquer

• Among the paintings, a fine view of Dinant by James Webb (1835-1895) has a lovely light to it.  Webb painted several views of Dinant, a scene he enjoyed painting and this comes across in the present work, estimated at £4,000-6,000.  

• Another painting by Spanish artist Alejandro de Riquer (1856-1920) shows female figures reclining in the shade on a hot day. Although better known for his Art Nouveau poster designs this oil shows his skill as a painter with the heat of the day emanating from the canvas, estimate £1,000-1,500.

• For the outdoors, a superb wooden cased croquet set by Jaques for eight players, with all its original accessories is estimated to go for £300-500.  

The sale includes a wide range of ceramics from the 17th to the 20th Century. Lots include:

• A fantastic Chelsea Derby garniture of five vases, probably decorated by Richard Askew and Zachariah Boreman is decorated with rural scenes and classical figures and carries pre-sale expectations of £2,200-£2,500.  

Chorley’s Director Thomas Jenner-Fust is available for interview. | Chorley’s, Prinknash Abbey Park, Gloucestershire GL4 8EU

Notes to Editors

Chorley’s is a UK auction house, based in the Cotswolds. With a wealth of experience and expertise, Chorley’s conducts high value antiques and art sales and undertakes professional valuation work for private and corporate clients. The firm is a member of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers (SOFAA) and the Association of Accredited Auctioneers (AAA). Chorley’s sells to an international market, through auctions held at its rooms in the beautiful grounds of Prinknash Abbey, which are broadcast live to online bidders through the online platforms including The Saleroom and Invaluable. 

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