Chorley's

Chorley’s auction house is based at Prinknash Abbey Park near Cheltenham.

It started out as Simon Chorley Art & Antiques Ltd which launched in 2006 out of the art and antiques department of the Gloucestershire firm Bruton Knowles.

Chorley’s changed hands in late 2022, with director Thomas Jenner-Fust buying the business with former colleague and friend Werner Freundel.


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Work of celebrated local sculptor Lynn Chadwick to star in Gloucestershire auction

02 May 2018

A Lynn Chadwick (1914-2003) bronze from a local collection is among the lots expected to lead Gloucestershire auction.

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Plaques brighten snowy days

30 April 2018

Delayed by snow for a week, the Spring Sale at Chorley’s (20% buyer’s premium) on March 27 opened with a local collection of Republic-era (1912-49) porcelain.

Plaques

Private collection of Republican-era Chinese ceramics stars at Chorley’s

26 February 2018

Chorley’s offers an important private collection of Republican-era porcelain at its sale of Asian Art, European Ceramics & Glass next month.

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Marine works help Glos sales schedule to get under way

19 February 2018

Private material sourced from old estates helped Gloucestershire saleroom Chorley’s (20% buyer’s premium) get the year off to a positive start.

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Marine painting stars at Chorley’s Country House auction

09 February 2018

A painting of Men-o’-War in Portsmouth Harbour was among the leading lots at Chorley’s Country House sale.

Playing Cards Cepheus and Hercules

Rare 19th century playing cards prove a strong hand at Chorleys auction

04 December 2017

Rare sets of geographical, astronomical and scientific themed playing cards featured in two recent sales. Those seen in a recent sale at Chorleys in Gloucestershire came from the estate of the late Alan and Joan Tucker, booksellers of Stroud, as did some 20,000 postcards and most of the books offered in the auction.

View from the Malvern Hills by Laura Knight

Gloucestershire auction offers Laura Knight landscape and furniture from Georgian mansion

03 November 2017

Paintings by Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970) appear fairly regularly at auction, most commonly her views of Staithes and Cornwall as well as figurative works.

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Postcards live on in the saleroom world

23 October 2017

Last month, Britain’s oldest postcard publisher, J Salmon, announced it was closing after almost 140 years of business. Blamed for its demise was the rise of selfies and social media.

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Continental buyers put in sterling performance for quality consignments

09 October 2017

Cheap sterling can help bring in the foreign buyers – but only if auctioneers can deliver the right goods. These were much in evidence at Chorley’s (20% buyer’s premium) sale at Prinknash Abbey on September 13-14.

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Pick of the Week: Marvellous Maltese marquetry at Gloucestershire auction

02 October 2017

Maltese furniture commands a premium – and not simply because it appeals to a committed group of island collectors.

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Naive livestock paintings brighten the gloom around traditional 19th century art

21 August 2017

Naïve-style paintings of livestock remain one of the liveliest sectors of the 19th century pictures market, judging by the response to several examples offered in Gloucestershire.

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How the country house sale lives to fight another day

21 August 2017

Recent country house contents sales at Chorley's, Halls and Hansons show that evolving the model is breathing new life into a traditional format.

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Pick of the Week: Cabinet stands tall as Flemish highlight

24 July 2017

When this cabinet on stand appeared in the inventory of a Gloucestershire home in the 1920s it was described simply as ‘An old Italian Cabinet of ebony and Tortoiseshell’. In fact, it is Flemish rather than Italian and was probably made in Antwerp in the first half of the 17th century.

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Hand of Daum is good news at Cheltenham auction

12 June 2017

Conscious that Art Nouveau Daum glassware has been bringing renewed interest of late, auctioneer Catrin Hampton was quickly in touch with potential buyers – particularly Americans – when a table lamp was brought into the Cheltenham rooms of Chorley’s (20% buyer’s premium).

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Acis and Galatea painting

Classical scene takes £58,000 at Chorley’s

04 April 2017

A painting of the classical subject of Acis & Galatea drew a flurry of bids at Chorley’s latest fine art sale in Cheltenham.

Australian gold rush era bracelet

Review of the Year 2016 - Picks of the Year

29 December 2016

Here are five of ATG's ‘best of the best’ picks of the week from 2016 – all remarkable both for their price and the stories they tell.

Bracelet by Christian Ludwig Qwist

The Australian gold rush of 2016 – bracelet takes £57,000 in Chorley’s auction

30 September 2016

A remarkable Australian gold rush era bracelet was sold by Chorley’s of Prinknash Abbey Park earlier this month for £57,000. The buyer was an Australian private collector.

Algernon Newton view of Notting Hill

Algernon Newton view of Notting Hill brings £65,000 bidding storm in Gloucestershire auction

10 June 2016

The small loan exhibition ‘The Peculiarity of Algernon Newton (1880-1968)’ by dealer Daniel Katz in 2012 helped put on the map a British painter who went largely unrecognised during his lifetime.

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Lombardy escritoire sells for £19,500 at Chorley’s auction in Gloucestershire

13 August 2015

The highlight of Chorley’s latest two-day sale at Prinknash Abbey was this unusual late 18th century Lombardy escritoire.

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