Silver under the floorboards and vinaigrettes in the cooker08 February 2024 The extraordinary collection of the Bath dealer-collector George Withers (1946-2023) comes for sale across three days and two Somerset salerooms later this month.
Some 2274 lots will be offered at Dore & Rees in Frome on February 21-23 with a further 1000-plus lots from the estate sold by partner Wincanton Auctions on February 28. Both sales will be conducted without reserve with live bidding available via thesaleroom.com.
Many pieces had spent close to half a century in boxes, carefully wrapped in newspapers from the 60s and 70s. One of the last to be unpacked was a copper red glazed Qianlong lantern vase – one of several pieces of Ming and Qing porcelain, glass and bronze that Dore & Rees will include in its May sale of Asian art.
George Withers (1946-2023), who spent his formative years growing up on a farm in Charfield, Gloucestershire, began his fascination with antiques at a young age. After leaving school at 15 to work in the local malthouse, he began dealing in his spare time and by 21 had opened his first shop on London Road, Bath.