LAWRENCES’ in Crewkerne is busy getting their salerooms ready for their Summer Fine Art auction next week, which comprises more than 2,200 lots, with a sale every day of the week.

Kicking off the series on Monday (July 19) is the Decorative Arts, Ceramics and Oriental section. Included in this sale is a private collection of studio pottery and contemporary glass, collected by a couple in South Somerset.

It includes two pottery vessels by world renowned potter Dame Magdalene Odundo, one of the world’s most valuable living ceramic artists whose pieces have made over £200,000.

Chard & Ilminster News: AUCTION: Ceramics, on Monday
AUCTION: Ceramics, on Monday

Within the silver selection on Tuesday, there is a rare Elizabeth I Silver Steeple Cup. The first owner of this magnificent silver antique was John Walton, the Archdeacon of Derby from 1590-1603, whose name appears on the foot.

However, the owner’s late grandfather used to train horses and his horse, ‘Don Sancho’ won the Irish Grand National in 1928.

Remarkably, this splendid cup (43cm/17 inches high) was presented to him as the prize and a small silver disc identifies its presentation.

The steeple cup has come to Lawrences from a descendant of that horse owner. Offered now as ‘the property of a gentleman’, the steeple cup carries an estimate of £30,000-£40,000.

Chard & Ilminster News: AUCTION: Silver, on Tuesday
AUCTION: Silver, on Tuesday

On Wednesday, there are over 320 lots of pictures.

One of the highlights is a small late Victorian oil by John Emms, guided at £12,000-£18,000. This was bought at Lawrences about 65 years ago and it then cost £4.10s (£4.50).

Chard & Ilminster News: AUCTION: Pictures, on Wednesday
AUCTION: Pictures, on Wednesday

Thursday July 22nd has hundreds of lots of jewellery going under the hammer. One of the highlights is an exquisite Victorian Diamond Tiara, estimated at £15,000-£20,000.

Chard & Ilminster News: AUCTION: Jewellery, on Thursday
AUCTION: Jewellery, on Thursday

Furniture on Friday completes the week of sales.

Two early 18th Century ‘Seaweed’ Marquetry Longcase Clocks with estimates from £6,000-£10,000 are some of the highlights in the sale, and then a good selection of carpets and rugs concludes the week of busy sales.

You can bid in the saleroom itself or online, by telephone bid or by commission bid. The auction will be open for public viewing from today (July 15).

See it all online at

Chard & Ilminster News: AUCTION: Furniture, on Friday
AUCTION: Furniture, on Friday