Published 29th November 2012
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.
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 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.
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.
The collection is scheduled to be sold in our Exeter salerooms in Devon on the 30th/31st January 2013.