Law Fine Art, the London/Berkshire firm set up in early July, will sell the 2200-piece Joseph Jackson collection – ranging from very early Chinese through to novelty teapots of the 1960s – in the spring of next year.
The company has been formed by former Dreweatt Neate auctioneer and valuer Mark Law, who left the Donnington Priory Rooms to launch a joint venture with Andrew Hilton of Special Auction Services in April. However, due to their divergent interests, the two men now run separate businesses side by side with a gentleman’s agreement to refer relevant pieces to each other.
“We are all very much working together,” Mr Law told the Antiques Trade Gazette, “and their next sale includes consignments from my clients.” Mr Law brings with him to the new business Albert Amor Ltd, the London dealership specialising in 18th century English porcelain, which he acquired from Dreweatt Neate. His partner in Law Fine Art is long-time friend and businessman Nicholas Lyne, who has a special interest in glass.
While Andrew Hilton will continue to specialise in commemoratives and pot lids, Law Fine Art will hold around 11 sales a year initially – about eight sales of ceramics and glass, to be held in the long gallery of Littlecote House just outside Hungerford, and three sales of fine art, furniture and silver, to be held in Donnington Grove, a stately pile opposite Dreweatt Neate at Donnington Priory.
The first sale – a glass and ceramics event – will be held at Littlecote on September 26 (the second, of blue printed pottery and Staffordshire figures will be on October 17). The first Donnington Grove sale will take place on November 15. Mr Lyne hopes to make these sales more of an “event”, with items set out in room settings. Sales will also include more general antique sections.
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