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Tryhorn Collection - 18th Century Bow, St Cloud, Chantilly and Kakiemon Porcelain

Nic Saintey, Head of the Ceramics Department, writes about the upcoming sale of the important Tryhorn Collection of 18th century European porcelain, which also has some oriental ceramics. The collection is being offered in a special ceramics section of the January 2013 Three Day Fine Sale, which is being held in Exeter on 29th/30th/31st January 2013. Online bidding will be available for the sale allowing buyers from around the world to bid in what promises to be a very exciting sale.

A Chantilly porcelain sugar bowl, matched cover and stand, part of the Tryhorn Collection, which is being offered for auction on 29th January 2013.

A Chantilly porcelain sugar bowl, matched cover and stand, part of the Tryhorn Collection, which is being offered for auction on 29th/30th/31st January 2013.

A good collection of 18th century European porcelain rarely finds its way onto the market these days and especially outside of London. Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood are pleased to announce the dispersal of the collection of the late Donald Tryhorn of Kingsbridge in Devon. Comprising over 150 pieces, it was accumulated with almost curatorial care over a period of 30 years.

Although a private man, he was a regular face in both provincial and national auction rooms. Indeed, the collection has plenty of pieces acquired from the dispersal of other major ceramics 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 the odd pieces he had come across in salerooms, but was unable to purchase at the time. These amateur academic works were almost constantly updated and annotated when new information came to light or when he perceived a previously over looked characteristic.

A Bow porcelain bottle vase, circa 1755, part of the collection accumulated over 30 years by the late Donald Tryhorn.

A Bow porcelain bottle vase, circa 1755, part of the collection accumulated over 30 years by the late Donald Tryhorn.

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

A Longton Hall porcelain coffee can, by the 'Castle Painter' circa 1755.

A Kakiemon porcelain saucer dish, late 17th century, which is being offered for auction through our ceramics department in January 2013. The sale will have live online bidding facilities.

A Longton Hall porcelain coffee can, by the 'Castle Painter' circa 1755.

A Longton Hall porcelain coffee can, by the 'Castle Painter' circa 1755.

Donald Tryhorn also had a soft spot for Longton Hall evidenced by having acquired eleven 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.

A Plymouth porcelain sauceboat, circa 1768-70, which is being auctioned in January 2013 in Exeter as part of the late Donald Tryhorn's collection of largely 18th centruy porcelain.

A Plymouth porcelain sauceboat, circa 1768-70, which is being auctioned in January 2013 in Exeter as part of the late Donald Tryhorn's collection of largely 18th centruy porcelain.

The collection is scheduled to be sold in our Exeter salerooms in Devon on the 30th/31st January 2013.

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  • Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
  • Donald Tryhorn
  • Ceramics
  • Porcelain
  • Tryhorn Collection
  • Bow Porcelain
  • St Cloud Porcelain
  • Chantilly Porcelain
  • Kakiemon Porcelain
  • Chelsea Porcelain
  • Worcester Porcelain
  • Longton Hall
  • 18th Century European Porcelain
  • Japanese Porcelain
  • Plymouth Porcelain
  • Bristol Porcelain

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