THE lifetime collection of a man who lived near Shaftesbury is to be auctioned off.  

More than 100 lots from the estate of Edward Marnier features a variety of period furniture, rugs, Asian art, ceramics and silver. 

However, it was the pictures that were the love of his life. 

A fine portrait of Brigit McNamara by Augustus John OM RA, one of the leading 20th century Welsh artists, is expected to fetch between £15,000-20,000.  

Edward’s mother was frequently painted by Augustus John and Edward spent much time as a child at Augustus John’s house.  

Auctioneer Richard Bromwell, of Charterhouse, said: “Edward certainly had a great eye for antiques and fine art.” 

“Overall, his collection is estimated to sell for over £50,000 with lots valued from £50 to £20,000.” 

Born in Tenby in 1868, Augustus Edwin John OM RA was a draughtsman, etcher and painter. For a time, he was considered the most important artist at work in Britain and died in Fordingbridge in 1961. 

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their busy programme of specialist auctions with classic cars on June 27, vinyl and entertainment memorabilia on July 3, mid-century and decorative arts with pictures, maps and books July 4, followed by antiques and interiors on July 5. 

Richard Bromell and the Charterhouse team can be contacted for specialist advice and valuations at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, 01935 812277 or via