A newly restored series one Land Rover from 1958 among the contents to go on sale at Bishton Hall

Buy a slice of English country house life – entire contents of ‘magnificent’ Staffordshire mansion to be sold at auction

The sitting room at Bishton Hall

More than 300 items from Bishton Hall, a Georgian property at Wolseley Bridge, near Stafford, are to be sold during a five-day Country House and Fine Art Sale which starts today 10th October 2018. Bishton Hall’s contents will be sold on Saturday 13th October at 10.30am.

Everything from 17th, 18th and 19th century furniture and classic portraits to silver, ceramics and even a newly restored series one Land Rover from 1958, estimate £5,000-£8,000, will be available to buy.

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The auction, ran by Derbyshire’s Hansons Auctioneers, will see the sale of the entire contents of  the 18th century mansion in Staffordshire. The sale and viewing will take place at the hall to enable people to browse the antiques in situ and offers a rare opportunity to visit a fine English period property.

The 1958 Land Rover to go on sale at Bishton Hall this weekend –  estimate £5,000-£8,000

Adrian Rathbone, Hansons’ associate director, says the sale, which forms a major part of the firm’s October 10-15 Country House and Fine Art Auction, offers a one-off, unique opportunity to acquire objects that are part of the rich heritage of one of the county’s most impressive homes.

He said: “Bishton Hall is magnificent and I’m proud to have a family connection to this classically handsome country home. My father has been involved with St Bede’s Prep School, which has been based at Bishton Hall. I have also come to know it thanks to antique valuation events held there by Hansons.

“We’re proud to be selling the contents of the hall, which belongs to the Stafford Northcote family. I have thoroughly enjoyed spending time there to catalogue the hundreds of items now coming up for sale.”

Painting of the Grand Canal, Venice, in the style of Canaletto, estimate £3,000-£5,000.

Antique riches include a pair of 19th century Anglo-Indian gilt lacquer chests on stands, estimate £3,000-£4,000; a George III country oak sideboard, estimate £1,000-£1,500; a 19th century Empire design circular centre table with black marble top, estimate £300-£400, and a George III flame mahogany chest on a stand with a Chinese blind fret frieze, estimate £1,000-£1,500.

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Paintings include an early 19th century, English school, portrait of a woman in a white dress, estimate £2,000-£3,000; a full-length portrait of a lady in a green dress with her dog, Fluffkins, by German Fritz Von Kamptz (1866-1938), estimate £1,000-£1,500, a painting of a seated lady surrounded by cherubs in the style of Italian Carlo Moretti, estimate, £600-£800, and an oil of The Grand Canal, Venice, in the style of Canaletto, estimate £3,000-£5,000.

One of a pair of 19th century Anglo-Indian gilt lacquer chests on stands.

Garden statues are included in the sale and include a magnificent moustached warrior, estimate £300-£500. Quirky items include a Victorian saddlecloth, estimate £400-£500, and a signed photo of former American president Theodore Roosevelt, dated 1909, estimate £500-£800.

Hilary Stafford Northcote, a member of the family selling the contents of the hall, revealed a cherished piece in the sale:  “I have so many favourite items, but my own personal choice is a 17th century Chinese cabinet in the drawing room with its beautifully lacquered outside and the red lining of the drawers.”

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The sale includes many affordable items such as a 17th century oak chest, estimate £150-£200, and watercolour studies by H R Williams (Fr Raphael Williams OSB), estimate £50-£100 each.

Viewing at the hall: October 8, 11am-4pm; October 9, 11am-7pm; October 10, 11am-6pm; October 11-13 and October 15, 9am-10.30am. To find out more, email arathbone@hansonsauctioneers.co.uk.

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