Fine Art and Furnishing from an Essex Estate

A fine Private Collection of paintings, ceramics, works of art and furniture from Le Pavilion, formerly part of the Shortgrove Estate in Essex are to come under the hammer in Tennants Auctioneers’ Autumn Fine Art Sale on 18th November.

Amongst the items on offer are a good collection of British and European paintings from the 15th to the 18th century, highlights of which include a Workshop of Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) three quarter length ‘Portrait of a Lady’. Depicted standing in front of a red curtain, the sitter is dressed in a fine black satin dress with lace collar and a bejewelled chain and pendant. The painting is being offered with an estimate of £25,000-40,000 plus 24% buyer’s premium.

Ceramics feature strongly in the collection, and notable highlights included two lots of Castelli Maiolica. The decorative tin-glazed pottery, produced in the hill-top town in Abruzzo, was collected for centuries by the nobility of Europe. Offered with an estimate of £6,000-8,000 plus BP is a Castelli Maiolica charger decorated with a siege scene, which was probably produced in the workshop of Francesco Grue c.1650. Dating from a century later, c.1740, is a Castelli Maiolica urn shaped vase and cover of campana form, painted with nymphs, tritons, and Bacchic putti. It is offered with an estimate of £7,000-10,000. Other ceramics of note include a set of six Meissen porcelain plates, c.1740 (est. £2,500-3,500 plus BP), and a set of twelve Meissen porcelain dessert plates, c.1745 (est. £3,000-5,000).

An intricately carved and elaborate rectangular pier glass is also on offer; carved in a Chippendale Director design, the pier glass features scrolling foliage, rocaille shells, and other rococo motifs all surmounted by a ho-ho bird. The lot is estimated at £2,000-3,000.

A fully illustrated catalogue will be available online leading up to the sale at Alternatively, please contact the auction house on 01969 623780 or

Workshop of Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640). Estimate - £25,000-45,000
(top left) A Castelli Maiolica Urn Shaped Vase and Cover, circa 1740. Estimate - £7,000-10,000