Tennants are delighted to sell The Selected Contents of Forcett Hall, North Yorkshire, as instructed by The Executors of the late J H Edwards-Heathcote Esq , allowing collectors the rare opportunity to acquire works of art that have been part of a family collection for generations. The collection encompasses paintings, silver, furniture, jewellery, ceramics, works of art, watches and traditional country house furnishings, and will be sold in the Spring Sale (19th & 20th March).
The first Forcett Hall was built on the Iron Age settlement at Stanwick St. John during the reign of Elizabeth I, however, it was destroyed by fire in 1726. The Hall was redesigned in 1740 by architect Daniel Garrett for Richard Shuttleworth MP, whose family owned the Estate from 1582-1784. Garrett was a protégé of Lord Burlington, an aristocratic architect who was instrumental in the revival of Palladian architecture in England. Garrett set up his own practice in the North of England, and his commissions included work at Castle Howard, Raby Castle and Aske Hall, where he built a grand folly in the Gothic style.
Richard Shuttleworth died in 1773 and the Estate passed to his son James who let the house to Lord Algernon Percy, 1st Earl of Beverley until 1784, when the house was sold to Frances Michell and her son Charles. The Hall remained in their ownership until 1938 when it was bought by Lieutenant Colonel Hardress Waller and it has remained in the same family, passing more recently to the Edwards-Heathcotes.