The virtual country house sale
Please refer to the websites of each company to see the most recent updates on auction postponements and cancellations.
John Taylors, Louth
Antiques, Furniture, Ceramics, Pictures, Gold, Silver and Jewellery, Tue 9th March, 10am.
Robert Bell & Co, Horncastle
Auctions online only and entries being accepted.
Golding Young, Bourne
Collective Sale, Wed & Thu 3rd & 4th March, 10am.
Toy Transport & Automobilia Sale
Wed 24th March, 10am.
Golding Young, Grantham
Collective Sale, Wed & Thu 10th & 11th March, 10am.
Golding Young, Lincoln
Collective Sale, Wed & Thu 17th & 18th March, 10am.
Batemans of Stamford
Fine Art, Antiques and Specialist Collectors, Sat 6th March, 10am.
Stamford Auction Rooms, Stamford
Online only. Private Documents of Royal Bodyguard Kenneth Mayer, Militaria, Silver Coin & Stamp Collection, Sat 27th March, 10am.
Unique Auctions, Lincoln
Antique & Collectors Auction, Fri, Sat & Sun 26th-28th March, 9am.
By William Gregory MRICS, Golding Young and Mawer.
Golding Young & Mawer’s long tradition of the country house sale continued this year with Newbold Pacey Hall.
Built in the 1790s by William Little, the hall has recently been sold and a sale of the contents – antiques, paintings and artefacts – was required.
Cataloguing commenced during the first lockdown and by January 2021 over 1,000 lots were ready to go under the hammer. Sold under lockdown, the internet became the marquee for the auction.
Potential buyers could not only refer to the online catalogue, but also to a virtual tour detailing the individual lots. (The tour is still available at the following link: my.matterport.com/show/?m=NQSAFbxBGmR)
Pre-sale auction interest beat all previous house records.
Auctioneer Colin Young spent a busy two days on the rostrum and realised an auction total of £365,000, some 50% above pre-sale auction estimates.
Highlights from the auction include:
A boxed group of locks of hair relating to the monarchy, selling for £8,600.
A late 17th-century lacquer cabinet on a gilt wood stand, which made £9,800.
The library of books totalled some £78,000.
A Grand Tour landscape by Jacob More, being a scene of The Falls of Tivoli, with figures of a fisherman, his companion and dog in foreground, oil on canvas, signed and inscribed ‘Roma 1790’, 148cm x 201cm, sold for £19,500. This was followed by its companion work being The Roman Campagna, with cattle and figures in foreground, oil on canvas, signed and inscribed ‘Roma 1790’, 148cm x 201cm, which sold for £19,000.
Quote of the auction: “We may not have had a marquee, but the bids were intense.”
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