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19th February 2021.

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.

Highlights from the collection include a rare late 17th century book on mathematics written by Sarah North (estimate: £1,000-1,500). North was a student under Elizabeth Beane “mistress in the art of writing and arithmetic”. Also of note are a fine 18 carat gold repeating pocket watch made by Hubert Sarton of Liege circa 1800 once the property of Sir Nigel Bowyer Gresley, 7th Baronet (estimate: £1,000-1,500), and a Victorian Silver Cup by Frederick Elkington of London, engraved with an inscription to Captain J.H. Edwards Heathcote on the occasion of his leaving Apedale Hall in 1891 (estimate: £500-800).

Notable paintings in the sale include ‘Returning with the catch’ by John Thomas Hamilton McCallum (1841-1896) (estimate: £4,000-6,000), and ‘Portrait of the three children of Sir John Heathcote of Langton Hall’ by a Follower of George Romney (1734-1802) (estimate: £2,500-4,000).

The sale will also include the selected contents of Claughton Hall, Lancashire and other notable estates from the Isle of Man and around the UK.


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