17th Century furniture from 'Time Capsule' Staffordshire home sold



2015-06-26 11:11:35

17th Century furniture from 'Time Capsule' Staffordshire home sold

The astonishing discovery of a wealth of 17th century furniture, a ‘time capsule’ ensconced within a Staffordshire home, yielded some impressive results at Hanson’s January 12 auction.

The collection of antique furniture had been amassed by a couple over many years. From paintings and tapestries to four poster beds, clocks and chairs, the items were laid out for the auction as they had been in the house, allowing collectors to explore and experience the same sense of time travel that auctioneer Charles Hanson felt when he first discovered the collection.

Headlining the sale was a vast 17th century oil painting, measuring 6 by 8 foot, ‘The Honourable Francis and Henry Lennard, son of Francis L D’Acre and brother to Thomas Leonard L D’Acre, Earl of Sussex’. It sold for £62,000.

The range of solid oak furniture, described by Charles Hanson as ‘the finest 17th century oak furniture and furnishing I have seen in my career’, included four joined dark oak four poster bedsteads. An ornately carved example with twin portrait backs, allegedly slept in by James I, saw a bidding war that raised the hammer price to £9,800. The three other beds achieved £6,700, £5,500, and £5,500.

Various elegantly carved press cupboards were a great attraction, a North Wales example fetching £5,500. A William III geometric oak and walnut inset chest of drawers sold for £2,100. Thought to be the oldest piece in the whole collection, a large early 17th century oak joined carved blanket chest achieved £1,700.

A fitting addition for such a journey through time, fourteen longcase clocks from the collection saw impressive results, led by a T. Deykin of Worcester oak longcase clock dating from the late 17th century, sold for £2,300.

Junior valuer Elizabeth Bailey commented: ‘we were so pleased to see a real coming together of historical enthusiasts, all appreciative of our English heritage, and eager to own a piece constructed during this turbulent period’.

The sale totalled £160,000, with 100% of lots snapped up by enthusiastic collectors. All proceeds were donated to an animal charity at the consigner’s request.


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