There seems to be a lot of rummaging going on amongst the aristocracy of Britain. The latest aristocrat to head for the attic is the Duke of Devonshire, who hopes to raise £2.5million from the sale of articles stashed away in the many attics of Chatsworth House.
The sale which is to take place at Sotheby’s, is being billed as a ‘once in a lifetime attic sale’ and the auction will include antique furniture and artefacts some dating back to the 16th century. The items have been collected from other properties which form part of the estate and are now stored in the expansive attics of the main house.
There are some 20,000 items for sale, the proceeds of which will be used to improve Chatsworth and other properties owned by the Duke. Items will range in value between £20 and £250,000 and Sotheby’s expect lots of interest.
Like many people, the Duke has enjoyed sifting through family items and is looking forward to clearing stuff out to gain more space. Chatsworth visitors have increased by 10% this year and the Duke hopes that the rummage will also freshen up displays at the house.
Sotheby’s say that the sale will provide a potentially unrepeatable opportunity to buy architectural pieces designed by the great 18th century architect/decorator William Kent.
This sale comes in the wake of the Spencer family sale which raised £21m where most pieces fetched above estimate.
When looking for period and revival Rococo antique cabinets, Lancashire and Cumbria dealers can provide information and guidance on a good selection of pieces.
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