It’s always very exciting when relics from the past are unintentionally discovered. Just recently a black and white timbered house near Lichfield, Staffordshire is now considered as a lot more than a humble abode. It has in fact been hosting a staggering number of 17th century antique furniture pieces, rocking the world of UK antique collectors and auctioneers.
The majestic collection had been accumulated over many years by a husband and wife who have since passed away. From tapestries to bible boxes to four poster beds and longcase clocks, the house appears as if it were the set of a period drama. The collection consists predominately of antique pieces of 17th Century oak furniture.
Somewhat awestruck by the whole situation, Charles Hanson of Charles Hanson Auctioneers conceded that it was the finest collection of 17th Century oak furnishings he’s ever laid eyes on – the stuff of English Heritage or National Trust. Both the sum and the quality of the antique furniture found in the house will garner international interest as auctioneers and private collectors scramble to get their hands on a piece of such rich history.
Items of Interest
Buyers will have the opportunity to purchase some of these marvellous relics from centuries gone by on the 12th of January as roughly 180 lots get auctioned off. A few of the items and their approximate fetching prices include:
- Walnut four poster bed from around 1620 £1,000
- Fine oak blanket chest circa 1580 £300
- Oak and fruitwood dining table around 1630 £1000
- 1670 painting of the Earl of Essex’s two sons done in 1670 £5,000
Happy New Year
It’s a truly great start to the year for Hanson as the company celebrates a period of antique furniture that is very seldom found in private homes these days. It’s quite understandable that such pieces wouldn’t have stood untainted for a period of over 400 years and the junior valuer at Hanson’s, Elizabeth Bailey explained how there is a clear level of patination that has developed over this period. She went on to mention how it is very rare to find such beautifully crafted items still intact today after the Great Fire of London destroyed a majority of similar objects in 1666
The pieces are likely to be snapped up rather quickly at the auction, which is to be conducted by Hansons from their auction centre at Heage Lane, Etwall, Derbyshire.
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Dave Peterson is a man of many hobbies. One of them is antique collecting. Aside from writing about contemporary furniture he has a great passion for acquiring items from centuries gone by.