A Single Owner Collection of Chinese Early Ceramics

From the Collection of the Nightingale family, Lea Hurst, Derbyshire;
Collection of Mr Williaam Gregory (d.1995) of Tansley House, Matlock, Derbyshire;
purchased by the vendor’s father and thence by descent.

This collection was originally purchased in its entirety in 1945 , from the Estate Auction of the contents of Lea Hurst , Derbyshire, the country estate of the Nightingale family. See attached photo of the auction details.

The buyer was Mr William Gregory , a local mill owner, of Tansley House , Matlock, Derbyshire, deceased circa 1995 .

In 1972 it was purchased in a private transaction from Mr Gregory by the father of the present vendor and remained in storage in its original packing cases.

Rediscovered earlier this year it is now offered on the open market ,without reserve, for the first time in nearly 80 years.