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Rare treasures to go under the hammer

Laura Kearns 12th Jan, 2018

ANTIQUES from historic Luddington Manor are set to go under the hammer at auction.

The former owners of the house – once owned by the family of Anne Hathaway – have sold up and made plans to sell hundreds of items which in the grade II listed house.

It includes a 1945 watercolour painting of the Guild Hall in Henley. which has an estimate of around £250. There is also a 18th century portrait of Charles I which is expected to reach up to £1,500.

Hanson’s auctioneers in Derbyshire is handling the sale.

Auctioneer Steven Bruce said: “Luddington Manor was sold before Christmas by its owners who have lived there for 27 years. They have decided to move to a smaller property so, unusually, 90 per cent of the contents are being offered at auction.

“As you can imagine, it was a huge task to clear the residence but we were privileged to do so.”

Other lots include an ‘unusually large’ rare piece of Scottish pottery, which has an estimate of £1,750.

A late 18th century elm and oak farmhouse table, which has an estimate of up to £1,500, and a set of eight elm and Windsor elbow chairs, estimate £1,000 will also go under the hammer.

There will also be several dressers and an usual collection of trays, including a 19th century metal example expected to reach £500.

Mr Bruce added: “This is an exceptional opportunity to own items of pedigree from a British country house, which I am proud to say I know well. It is a property awash with history that has inspired this stunning collection to be amassed over many years.

“Luddington is mentioned in the Domesday Book and the village is reputed to be the meeting place of Anne Hathaway and William Shakespeare. The manor house dates back to the late 16th century.”

The contents of Luddington Manor will be sold during Hansons’ Antiques and Collectors’ Auction, which runs from January 18 to 20 and on January 22 to 23.


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