Centuries-old valuables from Corsham Court go on sale
1:00pm Sunday 22nd September 2013 in Latest News
More than £100,000 worth of antiques never before seen by the public are to go on sale from Corsham Court next week.
James Methuen-Campbell, the court’s eighth-generation owner, is selling 142 items from his family’s collection, many of which date back to the 17th century. He lives in an apartment at the court, which is now used by Bath Spa University.
He said: “It’s mostly furniture from servants’ rooms that was used a long time ago.
“Before the university came in 1946, all of the rooms they were going to be using had to be cleared, and an awful lot was moved into rooms in the west wing. Consequently the rooms I live in have been absolutely choc-a-block. I have lived here for nearly 18 years and I am now over 60, and I’m ready to give up living in a furniture repository.”
The items being auctioned were collected by the Methuen family over the centuries, and include a collection of late 18th century English furniture, Qing Dynasty Chinese ceramics, and an 18th century version of a Van Dyck painting of Charles I, worth more than £4,000.
The collection will be auctioned by Chorley’s of Gloucestershire on Wednesday and Thursday.
Director John Harvey said: “We’ve got oriental ceramics, works of art, English pottery and 19th century English and Italian furniture, all from the court.
“It’s a good private collection; it’s getting harder and harder to find nice group lots like this, but we love getting these things because the history behind them adds significantly to the interest behind it, and they usually do well as a result.
“We’ve got some quite unusual things on sale; there is a jolly nice set of George II dining chairs, which are fairly odd as four or five of them are quite old but the others were made much later to match.
“My favourite piece though is the 19th century Italian marquetry table, which is very fine quality and has a reserve price of £8,000-12,000.”
The collection can be viewed on Monday and Tuesday, or to view the full catalogue online visit the website www.simon chorley.com
Comments are closed on this article.