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The Tryhorn Collection

154 Lot Collection

The Tryhorn Collection consists of predominantly 18th and 19th century European porcelain collected by the late Donald Tryhorn of Kingsbridge. The collection includes fine examples of Bow, Bristol, Plymouth, Chantilly and St Cloud porcelain as well as some Oriental pieces.

A Bow bottle vase the pear-shaped body with slender neck, painted in the Kakiemon palette with chrysanthemum and other flowers and foliage below a turquoise diaper rim hung with iron red foliage, circa 1755. (FS17/8).

A Bow bottle vase the pear-shaped body with slender neck, painted in the Kakiemon palette with chrysanthemum and other flowers and foliage below a turquoise diaper rim hung with iron red foliage, circa 1755. (FS17/8).

The collection of the late Donald Tryhorn of Kingsbridge in Devon. Comprising of 154 lots, the collection was accumulated with almost curatorial care over a period of 30 years.

Although a private man, Donald Tryhorn was a regular face in both provincial and national auction rooms. Indeed, the collection includes a number of pieces acquired from the dispersal of other major collections. He was also an active buyer from many of the most recognised dealers of 18th century porcelain who no doubt will be keen to repatriate the odd 'old friend'. He kept at least a dozen notebooks in which he recorded and cross referenced his acquisitions and in addition recorded the details of other pieces of interest that he had come across in salerooms but was unable to purchase at the time. These note and scrapbooks were almost constantly updated and annotated when new information came to light or when he perceived a previously overlooked characteristic.

Donald Tryhorn's collection has several main themes but primarily his passion was for Bow porcelain which is reflected in the fact that nearly a quarter of the lots in the collection are from that factory and range from simple tea bowls and large mugs through to desirable bottle vases. He was also keen on 'early' Continental porcelain and there are nearly 20 pieces of St Cloud and Chantilly porcelain, the most striking being a tureen, cover and stand (lot 119). The collection has a Kakiemon thread running through it which includes a number of Japanese prototypes suitably accompanied by the aforementioned French and Bow porcelain but also with examples from the Chelsea and Worcester factories.

Donald Tryhorn also had a soft spot for Longton Hall, the earliest Staffordshire porcelain factory, evidenced by having acquired 11 pieces and as a Westcountry resident there are 15 pieces of Plymouth and Bristol porcelain. He patently couldn’t resist an oddity or something that didn’t quite fit with the broad themes of his collection, especially if he happened to be in the right place at the right time and curiosity had got the better of him. In addition, works of art, silver, pictures and furniture from the Tryhorn Collection are included in the second and third days of the Sale.

Sale Information

FS17: Three Day Fine Art Sale
Tuesday, 29th January 2013
Wednesday, 30th January 2013
Thursday, 31st January 2013

Okehampton Street, Exeter

Lots from the Collection

Lot FS17/1

Lot FS17/1: A Bow Figure of A Monk

A Bow figure of a monk wearing a black and pink robe, seated on a stool reading a large Bible, a rosary at his feet, circa 1760-65, 11cm high, two chips to robe, some discolouration.

Estimate: £200 - £300
Realised: £380
Lot FS17/2

Lot FS17/2: A Bow Figure of A Nun

A Bow figure of a nun wearing a black, green and pink habit and headdress, holding a cross, on mound base with scroll feet, circa 1765, 15cm high, restoration to hands and cross.

Estimate: £100 - £150
Realised: £220
Lot FS17/3

Lot FS17/3: A Bow Bottle Vase

A Bow bottle vase the spherical body with slender neck and everted rim, painted in the Kakiemon style with a young woman wearing blue robes, flowering branches and sprays above a banded hedge, faint 56 mark, circa 1755, 18.5cm high, chips to footrim.

Estimate: £1,000 - £2,000
Realised: £3,100
Lot FS17/4

Lot FS17/4: A Bow Blue and White Coffee Cup

A Bow blue and white coffee cup painted with the 'Desirable Residence' or 'Telegraph Pole' pattern, circa 1765, 5.7cm high.

Estimate: £100 - £150
Realised: £200
Lot FS17/5

Lot FS17/5: A Bow Blue and White Pickle Dish

A Bow blue and white pickle dish of vine leaf form painted with bamboo, peony, an angled fence and rockwork, workman's mark, circa 1755-60, 9.5cm wide, small repair to rim.

Estimate: £100 - £150
Realised: £290
Lot FS17/6

Lot FS17/6: A Bow Teabowl

A Bow teabowl of quadrilobed form, painted with scattered flowers outlined in black in the Kakiemon palette, circa 1750, 4.7cm high, 7.3cm wide, rim chip.

Estimate: £100 - £200
Realised: £650
Lot FS17/7

Lot FS17/7: A Bow Coffee Can

A Bow coffee can with grooved loop handle painted in colours with sprays and sprigs of European flowers below an iron red loop line and dot band, circa 1760-65, 6.5cm high, some rubbing, chip to footrim.

Estimate: £60 - £80
Realised: £130
Lot FS17/8

Lot FS17/8: A Bow Bottle Vase

A Bow bottle vase the pear-shaped body with slender neck, painted in the Kakiemon palette with chrysanthemum and other flowers and foliage below a turquoise diaper rim hung with iron red foliage, circa 1755, 13.5cm high.

Estimate: £1,000 - £2,000
Realised: £2,700
Lot FS17/9

Lot FS17/9: A Bow Coffee Cup

A Bow coffee cup painted in famille rose colours with Oriental flowers and foliage, circa 1755-60, 6cm high.

Estimate: £100 - £150
Realised: £200
Lot FS17/10

Lot FS17/10: A Bow Coffee Can

A Bow coffee can with shaped handle, painted in famille rose style with Oriental flowers, foliage and rockwork, circa 1755-60, 5.8cm high, cracks to rim.

Estimate: £60 - £80
Realised: £150
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