The New Year Country House Sale

Traditional, affordable furniture, art and antiques from three private estates will form the backbone of Tennants Auctioneer’s Country House Sale on 19th & 20th January. The 1400 lot sale offers an appealing mix of good period furniture, paintings, Asian and European ceramics, clocks, silver and more, alongside unusual decorative items, reminiscent of the forgotten contents of Country House attics.

The named collections in the sale have all been sourced from private properties in the North of England. The properties are: Rudd Hall, Richmond, as instructed by Mr and Mrs Christopher Robson; Part I of the Estate of Arabella and Michael Kurdi, Middleton House, Middleton Tyas; and Part II of a Collection of Items from Dinckley Hall, Lancashire. One of the highlights from these collections is a pair of 19th century carved giltwood fauteuils (armchairs) in the Louis XVI style (estimate: £300-500). Further items from both Rudd Hall and Middleton House will be included in the Spring Fine Art Sale on 17th March.

Collectors of arcane ephemera and quirky decorative objects will also find much to delight over, such as an unusual 19th century pair of miniature Bohemian glass scent bottles, housed inside a wooded box carved in the form of a travelling trunk, which measure less than 10cm wide (estimate: £350-450 plus buyer’s premium). Other novel items in the sale include a 19th century black silk top hat, with wax seals to the inside, which once belonged to a student at Eton College. The hat belonged to a member of ‘Pop’ the Eton Society akin to Prefects, who would decorate their top hats and the insides of their tail coats with wax seals impressed with “POP” (estimate: £80-120 plus buyer’s premium).

The sale also offers a good range of jewellery and watches, including a particularly pretty selection of Victorian and Edwardian seed pearl jewellery; often found in period jewellery, seed pearls were sometimes used in mourning or bridal jewellery, intricately wrought into detailed designs. Highlights include a Seed Pearl Owl and Crescent Moon Brooch (estimate: £200-300 plus buyer’s premium) and a Seed Pearl Ring modelled as a bunch of grapes on a vine (estimate: £150-200 plus buyer’s premium). 

A fully illustrated catalogue for the Country House Sale will be available on our website leading up to the sale at alternatively, please contact the salerooms for further details.

(top left) A Seed Pearl Owl and Crescent Moon Brooch – Estimate: £200-300
A pair of 19th century carved giltwood fauteuils (armchairs) in the Louis XVI style - Estimate: £300-500