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Country House & Fine Sale Preview

30th June 2020.

The first major sale at Tennants Auctioneers since the start of the Covid-19 lockdown will take place on 17th and 18th July, and will see nearly 850 lots of art, antiques, jewellery and watches come under the hammer. The Country House and Fine Sale will combine the delayed Spring Country House Sale with lots that would have starred in Tennants Summer Fine Art Sale and the Summer Fine Jewellery, Watches and Silver Sale.

Tennants’ Country House Sales are always enormously popular, combining as they do good pieces of period furniture and traditional paintings, with Asian art, clocks, rugs and interesting and unusual works of art and curios. An added draw to the sale is the inclusion of property from several Yorkshire estates, including Selected Contents from the Attic of Stockeld Park, Wetherby, Arthington Park, Otley, and New Zealand House, Leeds. The sale will also include Selected Property from the Estate of Masha, Lady Bolton, of Arklow Hill, Thornton Steward.

Amongst an array of interesting Country House lots, highlights that stand out include a rare Regency Mahogany Combined Library Armchair and Metamorphic Steps (estimate: £2,000-3,000 plus buyer’s premium), a pair of circa 1870 Staffordshire Black and White Pottery Rabbits (estimate: £600-800 plus b.p.), and a small alarm table timepiece, signed Geo Lindsay, London, circa 1770 (estimate: £800-1,200 plus b.p.). The sale also includes highly sought-after collectables, such as a French 19th century walnut lay figure (estimate: £500-700 plus b.p.) and an early 20th Century Louis Vuitton Trunk which comes from the Attic of Stockeld Park (estimate: £1,500-2,500 plus b.p.).

Furniture stands out amongst the Fine lots in the sale with some exceptional pieces, which include a circa 1685 Olive Wood and Kingwood Oyster Veneered Cabinet on Stand (estimate: £5,000-7,000 plus b.p.) and a circa 1750 Swedish Kingwood and Fruitwood Crossbanded and Parquetry Decorated Bombé Shaped Commode (estimate: £6,000-8,000 plus b.p.). Further highlights include an Elizabethan Carved Oak Refectory Table, which comes with provenance from Dimple Hall East, Egerton (estimate: £7,000-10,000 plus b.p.), and a 20th Century Jupe Style Extending Dining Table by Maple & Co., by repute formerly the property of famed chemist Thomas Beecham (estimate: £7,000-10,000 plus b.p.).

Other Fine lots in the sale include a circa 1930 Kashan Carpet from Central Iran with fine knotting and piled in lustrous wool (estimate: £2,500-3,500 plus b.p.), a Harvesting Scene by Herbert Royle (estimate: £1,200-1,800 plus b.p.), and the Brian Loomes Collection of Lantern Clocks, including a late 17th century brass example made by William Hulbert, Bristol, circa 1695 (estimate: £2,500-3,500 plus b.p.).

Fine Jewellery, Watches and Silver are offered too, with highlights including an IWC British Military Royal Air Force Issue Mark XI Pilots Watch from 1951 (estimate: £2,000-3,000 plus b.p.). From the Estate of Masha, Lady Bolton come two George II Silver Cream-Boats, one by Edward Wakelin, London, 1758, the other by John Parker and Edward Wakelin circa 1758, both engraved with the Powlett crest, for Charles Powlett, 5th Duke of Bolton (c.1718-1765) (estimate: £1,000-1,500 plus b.p.). An Elizabeth II Gold Cigarette Case made by Kutchinsky, London in 1961 (estimate: £4,000-6,000 plus b.p.), is joined in the Jewellery section by a Ruby and Diamond Chick Brooch, also by Kutchinsky (estimate: £600-800 plus b.p.). Topping the section, however, are a fine Emerald and Diamond Bracelet (estimate: £10,000-12,000 plus b.p.), and a pair of 18 Carat White Gold Diamond Solitaire Earrings (estimate: £5,000-7,000 plus b.p.).

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