Adam Partridge Auctioneers Cheshire
Auctioneer in Cheshire

26/02/2015 : Catalogue for Auction of Antiques & Collectors\' Items with Silver, Jewellery & Watches

Thursday 5th & Friday 6th March from 10am, Viewing: Wednesday 4th from 10am-8pm and 9am-10am on each morning of the sale.

The Cheshire Saleroom
Withyfold Drive
SK10 2BD

Enquiries: 01625 431 788

Click here for our illustrated catalogue and here for live bidding.

Thursday 5th March: Lots 1-1136
Friday 6th March: Lots 1200-2387

Our first two day fine art sale of 2015 is spearheaded by specialist sections with a plethora of fine, rare and interesting objects. Laurence Stephen Lowry features in this sale, with a pencil drawing (£8,000-£12,000), an interesting collaborative pastel with Harold Riley (£15,000-£20,000) (illustrated above) and four early signed limited edition lithographs (£3,000-£5,000 each). Other artists with works in the Northern & Contemporary Art section include Geoffrey Key, William Turner, Harold Riley, Dame Laura Knight, John Thompson, Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe, Margot Ingham, Vera Lowe, Albert Barlow, Zvi Ribak, Noah Lubin and Marc Chagall. A good collection of 17th, 18th and 19th century paintings also adorn the saleroom walls for the traditional art collector.

Over 200 lots of jewellery are also going under the hammer, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco and contemporary, with a good selection of wristwatches and early verge pocket watches too.

Amongst the 300 or so lots of ceramics is a good collection of hand painted Worcester porcelain and a vast collection of early English porcelain from Chelsea, Lowestoft, Worcester, Derby, Rockingham, Caughley and Coalport.

Even amongst Lowry drawings, early portraiture and chunky diamond jewellery, the top lot of the sale may prove to be a very rare book discovered by valuer Fiona Young on a valuation day. The “Booke of Martyrs” by John Taylor is a 1627 abridgment in couplets of an original text by John Foxe published in 1563. Called “Actes and Monuments” but more commonly known as “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs”, it details Christian martyrs throughout history, focussing in particular upon Protestant struggles under the Catholic Church. Martyrs mentioned include William Tyndale, the first person to translate the Bible into English, Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1533-1555, and Thomas Cromwell, 1st Earl of Essex, played by Mark Rylance in the BBC’s recent adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf Hall”.

This particular miniature book was the third edition, and there is only one other copy of this edition known to be in existence. It was one of the first printed examples of it being referred to as the “Book of Martyrs”, a title that John Foxe took umbrage with, adding this line when the second edition of the book was printed in 1570: “I wrote no such booke bearying the title Booke of Martyrs. I wrote a booke called the Acts and Monumentes”.

It carries an estimate of £3,000-£5,000, though it is likely to easily exceed this due to it’s extreme rarity.

Condition reports and additional images are available on request but are to be requested no later than 5:30pm on Tuesday 3rd March 2015. Send requests to

Bids to be received no later than 7.00pm on Wednesday 4th March 2015 or they will not be processed in time for the auction.

Catalogue: £7

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