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Antique Sedan Chair Collection for Auction

The largest known private collection of exceptionally rare antique sedan chairs is to be offered for auction at Chorley’s on September 20th, 2023. The collection was amassed by the late Stephen Loft-Simson, a world-renowned specialist on the subject, and includes three that were used for the award-winning film about the life of philanthropist, poet and playwright Hannah More (1745-1833). Others were used in historical dramas and films and history and antiques TV programmes, such as...

William Simmonds’ Black Mare On the Market

Auctioneer Chorley’s has announced the sale of a spectacular work by Royal Academician and one of the main proponents of the Arts & Crafts movement, William Simmonds (1876-1968). The Black Mare standing at 48cm x 76 x 41cm depicts a stylised horse turning to nip a fly on its hoof. It was created in Simmonds’ famed Gloucestershire studio and dates from 1925 and will be offered alongside a selection of other items from his studio, such as...

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