By Adrian Rathbone, Associate Director & head of Fine Arts, Hansons Auctioneers, Bishton Hall, Staffordshire
Hansons Auctioneers & Valuers based at their Staffordshire country house Bishton Hall auction rooms are delighted to have been appointed to handle the collection of the late Lichfield born porcelain connoisseur Roy Taylor.
Roy Taylor who was born in the Staffordshire City in 1935 went to Cambridge University. After meeting his wife a few years later, they both garnered a love for porcelain. They became compulsive buyers of fine china and gifts were more often than not items in this material.
This escalating passion resulted in most rooms in their Birmingham home filled with china figures of birds, horses, other animals, figurines and other highly intricate ornaments.
This enthusiasm resulted in Roy establishing a company called Albany in the ceramics centre of Worcester. Albany's output specialised in high end porcelain figures, many incorporating bronzed metal and included studies of ornithology, dogs, horses, other animals and Art Deco style figures. Some pieces were monumental in scale and the floral embellishments are miniature works of art.
After achieving his dream, Roy eventually sold the company but retained his beloved collections - much of which will be up for auction.
Adrian Rathbone, Head of Fine Arts comments on the collection:
'I received a call to visit a property in Birmingham. Upon being shown into the front room of the typical interwar period home, I could not believe my eyes. Every room was crammed to the brim with fabulous creations in porcelain. Every glance revealed some treasure hiding in a cabinet or high on a wall shelf. From the most detailed models of horses to intricate birds on branches it was a revelation.'
The Roy Taylor collection of porcelain is being offered for auction at Hansons Bishton Hall auction centre on Friday 9th October. Due to the current world crisis, there is no onsite viewing but the fully illustrated catalogue can be viewed and live bidding can be made online at www.hansonslive.co.uk.
For further information, please phone Hansons Auctioneers on 01889 882397 or email [email protected]