Tennants Auctioneers’ Country House Sale on the 19th September offers an array of unusual and beautiful Country House style antiques, with good furnishing pieces mixing with decorative works of art and collector’s items.
A highlight of the sale is ‘A Gentleman’s Private Collection, Warwickshire’, which comprises one hundred lots of interesting Victorian antiques put together over the years by the vendor’s father. Antiques of shipping interest, such as a 19th century brass-bound mahogany ship’s wheel (estimate: £150-250) sit alongside a selection of German earthenware lamp bases in the form of owls (estimate: £300-400) and unusual carved items. A carved oak cresting for the Royal Flying Corps, comprising a crowned laurel wreath surrounding ‘RFC’, and flanked with outstretched wings is the top lot in the collection, estimated at £4,000-5,000. The Royal Flying Corps was the precursor to the Royal Air Force during WWI and paved the way for modern aeronautics from 1912-1918. Also of interest is a rare Black Forest revolving stool or plant stand, carved in the form of a seated bear (estimate: £1,500-2,000), and a carved Black Forest stick stand (estimate: £1,500-2,000).
From other vendors come a range of unusual and rarely seen works of art, with notable lots including a collection of seven Victorian pewter ice cream moulds (estimate: £800-1,200), a circa 1700 Gentleman’s Dandy Stick with decorative ivory knop (estimate: £800-1,200), and a late 17th century Flemish bone inlaid ebonised table cabinet with incised decorative panels depicting figures before buildings (estimate: £700-1,000). Of Yorkshire interest are a pair of circa 1842 Terracotta Campana Urns on Stands, which were originally from Queen’s Parade, Harrogate, where pairs of urns such as these were part of the original development of the properties (estimate: £600-800).