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Townhouse & Country House

9th December 2021.

Tennants Auctioneers will be starting the New Year with a bumper 900 lot two-day sale ‘Townhouse & Country House’ on 14th and 15th January.

The first day of the sale will comprise over 350 lots from the ‘Townhouse: Property from the London Residence of a Lady of Title’, which will include silver, furniture, books, paintings, Asian art and works of art. Highlights of the sale include a good collection of predominantly 18th century enamel boxes, such as a South Staffordshire Enamel Scent Bottle and Stopper, circa 1760, of flattened pear shape decorated with park landscapes and dolphin finial (estimate: £600-800 plus buyer’s premium). Further notable lots in the sale include an Italian Gold Horse Racing Cup by Miracoli of Milan (estimate: £10,000-15,000), Thomas Malory’s ‘The Birth, Life and Acts of King Arthur’, London, 1893-4, illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley (estimate: £2,000-3,000), a Chinese Ming Dynasty Celadon and Russet Jade Horse (estimate: £700-1,000), and a Pair of George III Silver Goblets made by John Carter of London, 1772 (estimate: £600-800).


Day two of the sale will offer an eclectic mix of Country House furniture, paintings, works of art and collector’s items, and will include the Selected Contents of North Carlton Old Hall, Lincolnshire, as instructed by the executors of the late Mr and Mrs Peter Heneage.

Highlights of the sale include a 17th Century Allegorical Tapestry depicting Sampson taking action against the Philistines by burning their cornfields, olive groves and vineyards (estimate: £2,000-3,000). A Green Patinated Figure of a Recumbent Stag by Holme Cardwell is on offer with an estimate of £2,000-2,500. Holme Cardwell (1813-1895) was a Manchester-born sculptor who attended the Royal Academy School and the Académie Royale in Paris before moving to Rome where he would continue to work and study amongst the British sculptors living in the city. The stag is signed to the base ‘HOLME CARDWELL FECIT ROMA’. A good selection of period oak furniture is led by a 17th Century Joined Oak Refectory Dining Table (estimate: £1,200-1,800).

Unusual lots in the sale include an Ivory Cased Portable Diptych Sundial, probably made by Charles Bloud circa 1680 (estimate: £1,500-2,000), a Victorian Green and Gold Painted Wrought-Iron and Lead Weathervane (estimate: £500-700), and a Louis XIV Brass-Bound Kingwood Coffre Forte (estimate: £500-700).

The sale will also include a small collection of antique gardening implements, including a selection of 7 Coalbrookdale Cast Iron Lantern Cloche and Covers, circa 1840-60 (estimate: £500-800), an early 18th Century French Copper Watering Can, 19th Century Glass Cucumber Straighteners and 1930s Grape Storage Bottles.

Amongst an eclectic mix of paintings, works on paper and prints in the sale is the second tranche of works from a large collection of works on paper by Sheffield artist Harry Epworth Allen (1894-1958). Previously unseen on the open market, the collection was purchased by the current vendor directly from Allen’s studio via the artist’s wife circa 20 to 25 years ago. A group of drawings by Eillen Soper will also be on offer, along with Snaffles prints. 


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