Chorley’s Auction Features Items From the Estate of Lord Charteris

Chorley’s Auctioneers has announced details of its next auction, which takes place on 23rd and 24th November with a focus on Fine Art & Antiques and Jewellery & Silver.

The Fine Art & Antiques auction is selling circa 100 lots from the estate of Lord Charteris of Amisfield, who was a British Army officer and the longest-serving Assistant 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 favourite courtier (and this point has been brought back into prominence thanks to the popular Netflix tv series The Crown). On retirement from his 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 dutiful servant in that role, retiring in 1991.

Lord Charteris of Amisfield/Georgina Naylor/bronze bust/initialled and dated C of A 1997


The auction will feature presents from the Prince of Wales to Lord and Lady Charteris. Several historic watercolours by a great friend Hugh Casson, these include The Garter Ceremony with Harold Macmillan and Harold Wilson (two former Prime ministers), two watercolours of Lord Charteris’s study at Buckingham Palace and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother at Eton College Chapel.

There is a signed photo by both The Queen and Prince Charles sitting with many statesmen and several photographs of The Provost of Eton seated with members of Eton Political Society including Boris Johnson, his brother, Leo and Jacob Rees-Mogg. Lord Charteris was also a competent sculptor and several of his works are included in the auction.

Art Deco

Chorley’s November sale also has a strong emphasis on fine jewellery with a good variety of Victorian, art deco and later pieces to choose from. Not only is November the perfect moment to be buying that precious piece of jewellery as a Christmas present but by purchasing jewellery at auction, you are getting far more sparkle for your money, and it is a sustainable choice as well.

The November Auction features several stunning diamond rings that are estimated to be between £1,000-£3,000 as well as a diamond Victorian crescent brooch, which we’re delighted to see coming back into fashion again.

Further pieces to note include an extensive American sterling silver Monticello pattern table service, from Rogers, Lunt & Bowen, circa 1908 (£1,000-£1,500).

Chorley’s – a Howard sofa

There will be also several pieces by the 19th Century prolific furniture maker Howard & Sons – two armchairs and one sofa (the latter one is estimated to be £6,000-£8,000).

Thomas Jenner-Fust, Director notes, “Howard & Sons opened for business in 1820 and were one of the pre-eminent furnishers of the Victorian era. They supplied upholstered furniture to Royal residences, stately homes and even the Savoy. Over the past twenty years their period furniture has become highly prized by interior designers, and we are very pleased to offer three rather special pieces at this sale”

Finally, Adrien Manglard (1695-1760) oil canvas Bay of Baya, Naples is estimated to fetch £4,000-£6,000 and a Minshulls 3” pocket globe, circa 1810, for around £3,000-£5,000 (seen top of page). These pocket globes were almost like a pocket computer and this example shows the routes of Captain Cooks voyage setting off 1776, as well as Anson’s voyage 1740-44. With this exceptional piece you really can have the whole world in the palm of your hands!

Chorley’s – A Victorian diamond crescent brooch

About Chorley’s: Chorley’s is a UK auction house, based in Gloucestershire. 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. 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 internet auction platforms The Saleroom and Chorley’s Live.

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