Bonhams to auction contents of Hooton Pagnell Hall
The contents of Hooton Pagnell Hall, one of Yorkshire's most historic country houses, will be sold at Bonhams next month.
Since the 17th century the house has been owned by the Warde family, and nine generations have added to the collection of artwork, antiques and objects.
Now the present owner Mark Warde-Norbury is set to auction much of the collection, stating "We have five grand pianos and six grandfather clocks. We have to clear some things out in order to move forward."
"This sale has everything you'd expect from an English Country House sale", says Bonhams Director of Valuations, Harvey Cammell. "An important view of Windsor Castle, for example, by the renowned watercolourist Paul Sandby; a gruesome - and still functioning - man trap used in the 19th century to deter poachers; a truly remarkable Pietra Dura marble chest inlaid with exquisite birds and vases of lilies brought back from the Grand Tour; and correspondence from the Lady with the Lamp - Florence Nightingale - and the Iron Duke himself the Duke of Wellington."
Amongst the most interesting lots will be letters sent to the explorer and scientist Edward Wilson, a member of Captain Scott's South Pole expedition who died on the return journey.
Wilson's brother was the estate manager for the house, and the letters include one from Julia Warde-Aldam which wishes his a safe return – sadly sent after he had died, but before the news had reached England.
The letters will be sold alongside volumes relating to the expedition, including Ernest Shackleton's 'The Heart of the Antarctic. Being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909, 3 vol,' estimated at £8,000-£12,000; and a copy of the South Polar Times, vol. 1-2 edited by Shackleton, valued at £5,000-7,000.
Hooton Pagnell Hall: 300 Years of Collecting takes place at Bonhams in London on December 1.
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