Chorley Auctioneers to Showcase Modern Art and Design


Chorley Auctioneers has announced its next Modern Art & Design Auction will take place on Tuesday 19e October. The auction will feature vintage fashion from Mulberry and other fashion designers; jewelry from Kiki McDonough, David Yurman, Barbara Christie; silverware from Georg Jensen, Pomellato, Stuart Devlin; works of art; superb collections of Lalique glass, Wedgwood “Fairyland” chandeliers, ceramics from the Phil Rogers workshop; paintings, furniture and lighting.

Catrin Hampton, Director and Auctioneer and Appraiser of Chorley’s Auctioneers, says: “Whether it’s simply a desire for more color in our homes, or a new appreciation for design and materials, the 20th century art and furniture are now big business.

Our October 19 Modern Art and Design Auction features a wide range of bright and beautiful pieces, ranging from the big names of Charles Eames, Patrick Heron and Stuart Devlin to many wonderful but lesser-known artists and designers whose works art and furniture will add a touch of fun and style to your home for a very reasonable price.

Francis hewlett

Chorley’s Auctioneers will also receive a group of paintings by famous British painter Francis Hewlett. Francis Hewlett was born and raised in Bristol and after earning a scholarship to the West of England College of Art in Bristol he progressed in 1952 to the Slade School of Art in London. As director of painting at the Falmouth School of Art (now Falmouth University) from 1960 to 1981, Hewlett was central to the school’s radical transformation into a nationally recognized institution.

After a period of experimentation in the early sixties with works he described as “Thick Pop,” Hewlett began making ceramics. He pioneered the use of large-scale industrial furnaces in the fine arts and has become a recognized expert in the field, presenting lectures at the Royal College of Art. Its goal was to create works of art that could be recognized by ordinary people.

After retiring from teaching in 1981, Hewlett devoted himself almost entirely to painting, developing and refining the richly detailed figurative style that has become his hallmark over the last three decades of his career. Hewlett’s work shows extraordinary dexterity across a wide range of media and subjects, a masterful mastery of geometry and space, color and light. He had a deep affinity and connection to the intense and piercing beauty of the Cornish countryside, which permeates much of his work.

Here are some of the highlights from the October auction:


(Top of page – Anna Massey Lea Merritt (1844-1930) SUFFERING LITTLE CHILDREN COME TO ME monogrammed and dated 1904, oil on canvas, 133cm x 183cm)

Francis Hewlett group paintings

Lot 436: Francis Hewlett (1930-2012) VILLAGE OF FLUSHING, NEAR FALMOUTH

Lot 463: Augustus John OM RA (1878-1961) STUDY OF NUDE

Pencil sketch by Keith Vaughan

Lot 468: Keith Vaughan (1912-1977) STUDIES FOR FISHERMEN AT MEVAGISSEY

A glass

Lot 100: Bernard Tirtiaux stained glass


Lot 296: Michael Cardew (1901-1983)


Lot 52 + 53: Stuart Devlin Eggs


Lot 577: Warren platner


Lots 1 to 10: Mulberry bags and clothing group

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