Noel Gallagher, Lucian Freud, Grayson Perry, Eduardo Paolozzi just for starters

SOMETIMES a single-owner consignment of items to an auction house will deliver a superb selection of contemporary works put together by a dedicated collector. On other occasions, maybe it will be early furniture or ceramics, or perhaps an array of regimental medals.

Urn by Grayson Perry estimated at £10,000-15,000.
Urn by Grayson Perry estimated at £10,000-15,000.

Then again, often it’s anything goes.

Such is the nature of inveterate collectors who just can’t stop themselves – which is of course part of the joy.

At The Manor House, in Chelford, Cheshire, it was a case of Lucian Freud meets Grayson Perry meets Eduardo Paolozzi meets Noel Gallagher… just for starters.

“When I was first invited to view the contents of the property I had no idea that some of the most important names in contemporary art would have works within such a traditional-looking home. Alongside a wonderful 17th Spanish walnut refectory table I saw a Grayson Perry urn and cover flanked by a pair of 16th century bronze lions. In the living room an etching by Lucian Freud hung beside an 18th century Lake District court cupboard, and in the hallway stood an incredible bronze figure by Geoffrey Clarke. I couldn’t believe my eyes.”

The words of Macclesfield auctioneer Adam Partridge, describing the moment he set eyes on one of the most remarkable mixes of the traditional and contemporary life can throw up.

The saleroom received instruction from actress and socialite Davinia Taylor, following the death of her mother who owned the property. She had a “remarkable eye in all aspects of design and was a champion of contemporary artists”, say the saleroom.

Other artists represented include Craigie Aitchison, Banksy and Phillip King. The auction will have just over 600 lots of furniture, art, garden statuary, lighting, works of art, silver and collectors’ items, as well as a selection of designer clothing. This section includes handbags by Hermes, Fendi, Chanel and Gucci, shoes by Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton and Christian Louboutin, and dresses by Gucci, Prada and Christian Dior.

Pictured here is an 18in (46cm) high stoneware vase and cover by Perry (b.1960). It is in the form of a funeral urn, the lid surmounted with the bust of Queen Victoria and with main body set with applied and incised decoration ‘A monument to the unknown women, the better half of history, they shall save the earth from man’ (estimate £10,000-15,000).

The Bronx Sisters by Paolozzi, estimated at £12,000-18,000.
The Bronx Sisters by Paolozzi, estimated at £12,000-18,000.

Another highlight (also pictured) is The Bronx Sisters by Paolozzi (1924-2005), in wood, painted wood, ceramic, textile and metal, height 2ft 10in (85cm), length 3ft 7in (1.1m), depth 14in (35cm). Estimate £12,000-18,000.

The collection will be sold on-site at the manor house on June 13. A catalogue costs £10 and admits two to the view (June 11-12) and auction. For further details contact the auction house on 01625431788 or email

And the Noel Gallagher connection? The sale also includes furniture originally owned by the Oasis man – Davinia Taylor bought Supernova Heights in Muswell Hill, north London, from him and later sold it to actor David Walliams. But when she bought the property, Gallagher left it furnished, and furniture was then stored at the manor house.