Ex-engineer’s collection could sell for £100,000

Part of Walton Temple collection.
Part of Walton Temple collection.

A collection put together by a Swan Hunter engineer who travelled the world is expected to make around £100,000 when it goes under the hammer in Newcastle.

The eclectic Walton Temple collection, ranging from ceramics and glassware to books, boxes and objets d’art, forms the centrepiece of day one of the Anderson & Garland Fine Arts & Antiques Sale (June 17 to 19).

Mr Temple, who was born in 1921 and died earlier this year, amassed a huge collection at his North Tyneside home.

Starting his career with the Merchant Navy, he later returned to his native north east to work for Swan Hunter during the shipyard’s hey-day when it was famed for building ships including RMS Mauritania, battleship HMS Anson and Blue Riband liners.

He collected during his travels and his initial ‘loot’, as he called his purchases, focused on 18th and early 19th century creamware with printed maritime subjects.

He later developed a passion for glass and Continental porcelain, especially Meissen, which he bought from top London shops and antiques fairs.

A connoisseur who was known for his good taste, Mr Temple enjoyed showing off his collection and told friends and family that he only had a lease on his treasures, and after his death he hoped they would be sold so others could enjoy them.

Anderson & Garland director Julian Thomson said: “Walton was a collector who was known in the sale rooms. You never know what people actually have managed to amass so when we entered what was a fairly modest bungalow in Cullercoats, we just didn’t know what to expect.

“As it turns out, the collection is absolutely wonderful with some extremely fine examples of 18th century enamels and porcelain. It’s been a privilege to look through the different pieces, as it is now to bring them to sale.

“Our pre-sale estimate is that collectively the lots could make £100k, but in fact it could be well northward of that on a good day.”

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