The centrepiece of Anderson & Garland’s sale in Westerhope, near Newcastle, last month was the eclectic Walton Temple collection.
Starting his career in the Merchant Navy, Mr Temple (1921-2014)
later returned to his native North East to work for an engineering
manager at the Swan Hunter shipyard in its heyday.
The fruit of his labour displayed in his modest North Tyneside
home was a substantial assemblage of ceramics, glass and
antiquarian books acquired across four decades from local sources
and the best South of England dealers. A £147,375 collection
included Sunderland Bridge rummers from Asprey, Liverpool, Jacobite
glass from Delomosne, ship jugs from Jonathan Horne and period
Meissen figures from Yvonne Adams.
"Walton was known in the salerooms," said Anderson & Garland
director Julian Thomson, "but you never know what people have
managed to amass so when we entered a bungalow in Cullercoats we
didn't know what to expect. As it turned out, the collection was
Creamwares and pearlwares printed with maritime and related
subjects had been the early focus of Mr Temple's acquisitiveness.
Buying in the 1970s and '80s, close to 100 pieces were offered here
- a perfect cross-section of the commemoratives produced in the
pottery strongholds of Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle and
Staffordshire in the late 18th and early 19th century. Many items
came with their original purchase receipts.
Above: Walton Temple (1921-2014), a former engineering
manager at the Swan Hunter shipyard, whose collection was sold by
auctioneers Anderson & Garland.
In relative terms at least, prices in this area have fallen
since Mr Temple was buying. But, alongside the modest £190 bid for
a jug printed with The Merry Sailor and a ship
inscribed Diligence, Adam Thomson (it had been
bought from Jonathan Horne in 1975 for £118) were bolder sums such
as the £2200 for an 11in (27cm) ship bowl that had been acquired in
the same year (from David B. Newbon) for £300.
This was made for export - the triple-mast ship flying a
Prussian flag and the inscription reading: Wilhelm Heinrich Van
Elbing, Capt. Jacob Witt, Van Pillaw 1800. Biographical detail
such as this does help generate interest.
Also proving popular at the sale on June 17-19 was a 9in (22cm)
Wedgwood 'Quebec' jug printed with The Death of General
Wolfe after Benjamin West - bought from J. & J. May
in 1986 for £685 and sold here at £1100 - while a rare political
commemorative, a blue and white pearlware bowl c.1800 inscribed
French Liberty and printed with a verse and
Gillray's famous cartoon of a Sans Culotte eating raw onions, took
Doubtless Mr Temple felt his collection of maritime wares would
not be complete without a Liverpool delft ship bowl. He had finally
bought one from Stockspring Antiques in 1990 for £4400.
It was not in the best condition (broken and repaired) but was
nicely painted in underglaze blue and iron red with coastal scenes,
mythological figures and a vessel in full sail inscribed and dated
Success to the Molly, 1755. Estimated at £1000-1500 (all
of the vendor's more recent purchases were pitched well below
previous retail levels), it took £4200.
Bacchus punch bowl
Also from Liverpool, but this time in Seth Pennington's
porcelain, a blue and white punch bowl c.1780 painted with scenes
of Bacchus carousing and sportsmen shooting game, acquired from
Klaber & Klaber in 1980 for £550, sold here at £3400.
Porcelain, glass and enamels became the focus of Walton Temple's
purchases - or his 'loot', as he liked to called them - later in
his collecting life.
He owned three of the gilt-metal-mounted 'Girl-in-a-Swing'
porcelain 'toys' made at the St James's workshop of Charles Gouyn
c.1750-60. Just 3¾in (9cm) high, a scent bottle formed as a girl
playing the hurdy-gurdy with gold mounts c.1750 more than doubled
hopes at £3800.
Some outstanding English enamels had been bought from Lawrence
Gould less than a decade ago. Returning to the market after only a
handful of years, they experienced mixed fortunes.
A Bilston bonbonnière in the form of a tabby cat head decorated
to the lid with a seated lady and cat chasing a mouse, c.1770
bought in 2007 for a full retail price of £5000 took just £1100 at
auction. A better return was seen for a mauve-printed snuff box
made in Battersea, c.1765 that carried a coat of arms to the lid
and a profile portrait of Georgius II Rex. Acquired in
2006 for £2100, it brought £2200.
Among Mr Temple's final acquisitions had been a 6in (15cm) 'rock
crystal' style glass vase worked with sea nymphs, mermen and
dolphins of the type assocated with Stevens & Williams. Sold by
Anderson & Garland in 2010 for £2500, this time around it
managed a more modest £1150.
The breadth and quality of the Temple collection attracted
higher numbers than usual to the North East, as well as around 1000
registered internet bidders who accounted for close to half of the
The buyer's premium was 19.5%.
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