Country House Sale

Traditional mixed art and antiques redolent of the ‘Country House’ style continue to excite buyers in Tennants Auctioneer’s Country House Sale on 28th April. From impressive Mahogany Serving Tables (£2,600 plus buyer’s premium) to a Jaques Staunton Pattern Chess Set (£1,600 plus buyer’s premium) – the demand for good furnishing pieces and decorative antiques was evident.
One of the most notable successes of the sale was Victorian and early 20th century garden furniture; a pair of 20th Century Cast Iron Fern and Berry Garden Benches sold for £2,100 (plus buyer’s premium) against an estimate of £600-800, a Victorian Cast Iron Lily of the Valley Pattern Garden Bench by CB Dale Co. sold for £1,600 (plus buyer’s premium), and a Colebrookdale Gothic Pattern Cast Iron Seat by CB Dale Co. sold for £1,550 (plus buyer’s premium) against an estimate of £300-500.
Also much in demand were charming ‘na├»ve’ animal paintings, such as a 19th Century English School ‘Portrait of a Prize Cow Standing in a Barn’, which sold for £2,500 (plus buyer’s premium). Also selling well were a group of engravings of prize cows, including ‘The Unrivalled Lincolnshire Heifer – Fed by Tho’s Willoughby of Orby, near Burgh’ by William Ward after Thomas Weaver. The lot sold for £1,800 (plus buyer’s premium).
Other items of note in the sale were a Carved Polychrome and Giltwood Group of the Holy Family, in 17th Century Style and a Bronze Figure of a Monk that sold for £4,500 (plus buyer’s premium), which were sold with provenance from The Bar Convent, York, founded in 1686 as a school for girls. An Old Cut Solitaire Diamond Dress Stud sold for £2,700 (plus buyer’s premium) and a Chinese Jade Carving from the late 19th/early 20th Century sold for £2,400 plus buyer’s premium.
One of the top lots of the sale was a painting by Frank Bramley, who had been one of the leading lights of the Newlyn School in Cornwall. The painting, ‘Figure sitting beneath a red parasol on the banks of Grasmere’ was painted after the artist and his Lake District born wife had settled back in the area; the painting sold for £4,200 (plus buyer’s premium) against an estimate of £400-600.
The sale achieved a total hammer price of £375,045 with 84% of the 1278 lots selling.
Tennants are currently accepting lots for the next Country House Sale on 22nd September, please contact the saleroom on 01969 623780 or for details.

  • A Portrait of a Prize Cow, Standing in a Barn, English School, 19th Century – Sold for £2,500  

  • A Pair of Cast Iron Fern and Berry Garden Benches, 20th Century – Sold for £2,100
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