The Contents of Ballachrink, Isle of Man, from the Estate of Nancy Sutton will be sold as part of Tennants Auctioneers Autumn Fine Sale next month. The collection, which comprises fine 18th-century furniture and antiques, all beautifully cared for, porcelain, and 19th century paintings (which will be sold in the British, European and Sporting Art Sale on the same day).
Much of the collection is sold with receipts from leading antiques dealers and were purchased by Mrs Sutton in the 1970s and 1980s.
Highlights of the collection include a pair of George III Chippendale style carved giltwood two-branch girandoles, made circa 1770, estimated at £4,000-£6,000; a George III mahogany serpentine shaped commode, estimated at £3,000-£5,000; a George III carved mahogany manx-style tripod table, with carved supports in the form of knee breeches with pointed shoe feet, and two matched George III cockpen armchairs, estimated at £1,500-£2,000.
A notable George III Hepplewhite period mahogany serpentine shape commode, in the manner of Henry Hill of Marlborough, which was exhibited at the B.A.D.A. Art Treasures Exhibition at Christies in 1920 is offered with an estimate of £1,500-2,000.
Also of interest from the collection is a George III carved giltwood cartel wall timepiece, made by Henry Sanderson of London circa 1770, estimated at £2,500-£3,000), and a Chamberlains Worcester porcelain dessert service made circa 1810.
Elsewhere in the sale, four pieces from the elaborately gilded Judge Elbert Henry Gary Service of Royal Crown Derby will be offered, comprising a tea plate, estimated at £1,000-£1,500; a dinner plate with an estimate of £1,500-£2,000; dessert plate, estimated at £1,200-£1,800; and serving platter, estimate of £600-£800. Made circa 1909, this highly decorated service was commissioned by Judge Elbert Henry Gary (1846-1927) through retailers Tiffany & Co., for Gary’s New York Mansion. Gary was an American lawyer, county judge and founder of U.S. Steel with magnates J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, and Charles M. Schwab, and the Indiana steel town of Gary was named for him. The service is painted by Albert Gregory with panels of flowers framed within elaborately moulded gilt cartouches, gilded by George Darlington. Unusually, the plates are signed by the gilder as well as the painter, a sign of the exceptional quality of the service.
Also of note in the sale is a Chinese cloisonne vase (Hu) of the Ming Dynasty and probably early 17th century, estimated at £7,000-£10,000; a Jacobite portrait goblet, circa 1750, decorated with an engraved portrait bust of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, estimated at £3,000-£5,000; and a circa 1730 ebony veneered quarter chiming table clock by William Webster of Exchange Alley, London, estimated at £4,000-£5,000.
A good selection of early 20th century upholstered seated furniture, including examples by Howard & Sons are also on offer, such as an early 20th-century upholstered armchair by Howard & Sons, estimated at £1,000-£1,500; and two imposing twenty-seater dining tables, including a Victorian extending example on offer with an estimate of £2,000-3,000. Finally, an unusually large and expressive 19th century stained wood artist’s lay figure is offered with an estimate of £3,000-4,000.
The sale takes place on November 12.