The Contents of a Cheshire Country House

28th September 2022 By Christopher Surfleet GIA AJP

Adam Partridge Auctioneers are delighted to announce the auction of the contents of a substantial Cheshire country house.

The auction will take place on Thursday October 27th and features a range of silver, bronzes, ceramics, fine paintings, and furniture.  The contents have been removed from the property for ease of sale at Adam Partridge’s Cheshire saleroom in Macclesfield and gives buyers a rare opportunity to purchase a wonderful piece from an exquisite home.

The auction begins at 4pm with the silver section and lot 2 is a good Scottish silver twin handled tray engraved with signs of the Zodiac.  This substantial tray carries a guide of £1500-£2000 and it could easily return North of the border.  From further afield comes lot 6, a fine pair of silver gilt tureens and covers made by the noted French silversmith Emile Puiforcat.  Produced around 1900, the stunning tureens retain their gilt finish and see an estimate of £1500-£2000.



Following on from the silver section comes the collection of ceramics.  There are several impressive German porcelain figures from the world-famous Meissen factory, but it is two English produced lots that have caught our eye.  Lot 64 are a very large pair of circa 1760 vases made at the Chelsea factory.  They are both finely painted and encrusted with flowers and insects and have additional provenance from Lowther Castle.  The guide of £2000-£3000 seems very good value for such a wonderful pair of vases.  Immediately flowing the Chelsea vases comes lot 65, a pair of Circa 1820 Derby vases modelled on the famous “Warwick Vase”.  The original vase was carved from marble and discovered in 1771 at Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli.  Such was the impact of this discovery, many examples were made in marble, ceramic, silver, and bronze and are much sought after today.  The guide here is £800-£1200 for the pair.

There are a good range of bronzes on offer with 11 lots of Austrian cold painted animalia examples leading the way.  Within this group, lot 95 are a large pair featuring a male and female pheasant and carry an estimate of £300-£500.  To the other extreme in terms of size is lot 115, a life size contemporary bronze of a colt horse measuring nearly 3 metres in length!  With hopes pitched at £3000-£5000 this is sure to appeal to many bidders and find its way to a new home.

The collection of paintings within the property are particularly strong and amongst a very good selection of 19th and 20th century oils we have focused on 4 separate works.  Lot 165 is a stunning oil by noted equestrian artist John Sanderson Sanderson-Wells and is titled “Black Magic at Muckinger Wood”.  With such excellent provenance the guide of £4000-£6000 is certain to be exceeded.  John Trickett is one of the most recognisable exponents of canine art, and his studies of hunting dogs are second to none.  We are offering 2 within the auction with lot 176 featuring a spaniel in a landscape with an estimate of £800-£1200.   Most of the artwork is on a grand scale befitting of the house they have adorned for many years, and lot 180 certainly fits the bill.  This large oil was painted by the Italian artist Pietro Barucci and is titled “The Temple of Vesta, Rome”, and carries a guide of £3000-£5000.  Of equally impressive stature is lot 181, a quite magnificent still life study of flowers by the master exponent of this art form – Harold Clayton.  It is 1 of 6 oil in the auction by the artist and has an incredible additional feature of a townscape vignette painted in miniature in the side of the vase.  The estimate of £3000-£5000 seem low for such an important study.



The auction concludes with a selection of furniture and 2 tables stand out for different reasons.  Lot 200 is a mahogany campaign table dating to the early 19th century and is an early forerunner of flat pack items we see today.  The table was designed to be transported around for high-ranking military figures to still enjoy home comforts when in the field, and the table is designed with screw off legs and has 4 leaves that sit in the frame of the table for ease of transport.  Such tables are rare to see these days and pitched at £2000-£3000 it sure to sell well.  Carrying the same estimate lot 212 is a quite extraordinary dining table.  Constructed from 3 enormous oak planks, this refectory type table is over 5 metres long and is sold along with the 19 chairs that sat around it.  It really is an imposing and incredible feat of craftsmanship and would grace any home.

The auction will be held at Adam Partridge Auctioneers’ Cheshire saleroom in Macclesfield commencing at 4pm on Thursday 27th October.  Viewing is Wednesday 26th 10am-7pm, and Thursday 27th 10am-4pm.

For further details please contact Chris Surfleet on 01625431788 or email  Fully illustrated catalogue available at







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