Arts & Culture
by Aspect County

The Property of a Gentleman

Rare collection of antique British porcelain up for auction in January, Friday 19th January 202110am

A collection of rare early English porcelain will go up for auction in January at Chorley’s. The collection dates back to the 18th Century, a golden age for British porcelain. The sale will feature objects predominantly from Worcester, Chelsea and Limehouse.

The collection in the sale is of exceptional provenance having been sourced from respected dealers with each piece chosen by the vendor for rarity and unusual characteristics. The principal contents of the collection are rooted in an interest in Bristol and Worcester wares made circa 1750 – 60, purchased between 1984 and 1993.

The 18th Century was an age of affluence, elegance and enlightenment, and an obsession with Chinese porcelain was in full swing. Architecture was changing as neoclassical style gained popularity and ambitious wares were created with the emergence of English porcelain factories developing innovative and new techniques.

Widespread interest in natural history lead to the manufacture of detailed porcelain figures of animals such as the Chelsea white model of an owl in the collection (one of only a handful known), estimated at £15,000 – 20,000 in the November auction.

An affluent society meant that a porcelain wine funnel became a prized item and such a utilitarian item means this rare survivor is one of only 14 polychrome items known. The collection also features a selection of finely modelled cups and jugs that demonstrates the newfound popularity of tea and coffee in the Georgian era. 

Emma Jenner-Furst, Chorley’s Porcelain consultant, says: This particular collection features both exceptional provenance and particular historical significance. Rare items such as the Chelsea owl and the wine funnel will be of particular appeal as they represent the best of the most unusual and interesting examples of the quality porcelain being produced at the time.” 

Chorley’s is an auction house, based in the Cotswolds. With a wealth of experience and expertise, Chorley’s conducts high value antiques and art sales and undertake 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). They sell 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. 


Auction: Tuesday 19 January, 10am
Viewing: Sunday 17 January 10am – 4pm, Monday 18 January 9am – 4pm