Antiques Auction of the Month

The Hancock Collection – British Art & Design

25th January at Lyon & Turnbull

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The Hancock Collection – British Art & Design

Some 40 years ago, collector Chris Hancock bought an antique Doulton vase, a purchase that sparked a lifetime’s collecting as he sought out art and antiques from the Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts periods for his St Albans home. Following Chris’s death in 2021, his family are dispersing the collection at Lyon & Turnbull’s Edinburgh saleroom, where it will be on full display this month.

‘It’s a really significant and personal collection,’ says Philip Smith, the specialist in charge. ‘Chris collected such a breadth of things, from Arts and Crafts furniture to Minton Secessionist vases and early Moorcroft ceramics, to sought-after paintings by the Scottish Colourists – it’s an insight into his taste and his life.’

The sale comprises around 500 lots, with estimates ranging from £300 for antique silver belt buckles and Arts and Crafts jewellery, up to £50,000 for an oil painting by the Scottish artist JD Fergusson. Connoisseurs will undoubtedly drive up the values of a Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson sideboard with mouse scuttling up it and a beautiful Arts and Crafts chest of drawers by Ernest Gimson. Art highlights include a print by David Hockney and an early work by Kirkcudbright artist EA Hornel. lyonandturnbull.com


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January Auctions

9th–19th Emma Hawkins: A Natural World, Sotheby’s, 34–35 New Bond Street, London, W1A 2AA. sothebys.com

10th Georgian Auction at Bishton Hall: A Celebration of an Era, Hansons, Bishton Hall, Wolseley Bridge, Stafford, ST17 0XN. hansonsauctioneers.co.uk

11th Country House Sale, Mallams Auctioneers, Grosvenor Galleries, 26 Grosvenor Street, Cheltenham, GL52 2SG. mallams.co.uk

12th The Interiors Sale, Cheffins Fine Art, Clifton House, 1&2 Clifton Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 7EA. cheffins.co.uk

12th The Ski Sale, Lyon & Turnbull, 33 Broughton Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3RR. lyonandturnbull.com

13th–14th Country House, Tennants, The Auction Centre, Harmby Road, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 5SG. tennants.co.uk

17th–18th Design – Two Day Sale, Sworders, Cambridge Road, Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, CM24 8GE. sworder.co.uk

17th–19th European Ceramics, Silver, Jewellery & Interiors, Bellmans, Newpound, Wisborough Green, West Sussex, RH14 0AZ. bellmans.co.uk

18th Furniture, Works of Art and Clocks, Woolley & Wallis, 51–61 Castle Street, Salisbury, SP1 3SU. woolleyandwallis.co.uk

20th The Friday 500, Bellmans, Newpound, Wisborough Green, West Sussex, RH14 0AZ. bellmans.co.uk

24th Popular Diecast Toys & Trains Auction, Special Auction Services, Plenty Close, off Hambridge Road, Newbury, RG14 5RL. specialauctionservices.com

24th Silver & Objects of Vertu, Woolley & Wallis, 51–61 Castle Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 3SU. woolleyandwallis.co.uk

24th–25th Pictures, Antiques & Interiors, The Cotswold Auction Company, Bankside Saleroom, Bankside Trading Park, Love Lane, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1YG. cotswoldauction.co.uk

25th The Hancock Collection – British Art & Design, 33 Broughton Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3RR. lyonandturnbull.com

25th The David Stather Library, Tennants, The Auction Centre, Harmby Road, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 5SG. tennants.co.uk

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