Cullercoats man's collection fetches almost £150,000 at auction

A lifetime collection of maritime memorabilia has smashed its initial estimate at a Newcastle auction

A collection of maritime memorabilia that belonged to the late Walton Temple that is to be auctioned off at Anderson and Garland Westerhope
A collection of maritime memorabilia that belonged to the late Walton Temple that is to be auctioned off at Anderson and Garland Westerhope

A lifetime collection assembled by a North East man whose life was spent around ships, sold at auction for £147,375.

The Walton Temple collection, with lots ranging from ceramics and glassware to books, boxes and objets d’art, attracted bids from all over the world when it went under the hammer over three days at the Anderson & Garland Newcastle sale.

Mr Temple, who lived in Cullercoats in North Tyneside, died earlier this year aged 93.

Anderson & Garland’s Julian Thomson said: “It was a very fine collection that people didn’t mind travelling for because of the huge breadth and quality of items accumulated over a lifetime.

“People came in droves to the saleroom and there was a lot of international interest with around half of the collection sold to people around the world bidding via the internet.


“Walton Temple collected a lot of Meissen porcelain and Continental enamels, which are not just collected in Britain but attract interest from German, American, Australian and Chinese bidders.”

However, the top-priced piece was of North East interest.

A painting of Tynemouth by Newcastle-born artist John Wilson Carmichael, sold for £8,400.

An 18th Century delftware blue and white marine bowl was the second highest grossing item in the collection.

Featuring a ship and the inscription Success to the Molly, 1755 plus coastal scenes and mythological figures, it sold for £4,200, against its £1,000-£1,500 estimate.

Mr Thomson said: “It was not in the best of conditions but there is a very nice naïve ship called The Molly in the middle of it, and when you can put a name to a ship, it does generate interest.”

A rare and tiny hurdy-gurdy player scent bottle and stopper sold for a £3,800.

“There are similar ones in the V&A,” said Mr Thomson.

“Scent bottles are something that people do like collecting. Scent was expensive and people spent a lot of money on scent bottles.”

An 18th Century bowl which cost Mr Walton £550, featuring scenes of Bacchus and sportsmen shooting game, was expected to make £200-£300 but sold for £3,400.

A connoisseur who called his collectibles his “loot”, Mr Temple served in the Merchant Navy before joining Swan Hunter at Wallsend and travelling worldwide as the company’s engineering manager.

Mr Thomson said: “He was a very private man who didn’t often show off his collection. He always said he was a custodian of his treasures and never really owned them.

“He had them for a while and then they should move on for new people to enjoy them, which is why his entire collection has been auctioned.”


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