Giles Newby Vincent, a well-known architect who designed a house which featured in Downton Abbey, is to sell his antique furniture at auction in March. His eight-bedroom home, The Old Rectory, was placed on the market at the end of 2013 but the property’s furniture is only now being sold.
Vincent had wanted to become an architect from a very young age, and came from a family that collected antiques and other items of interest. The house was built in 1713 and is close to Canterbury, with a pub, old mill and a village green close by.
The Grade II listed building was restored by the architect who also designed homes for Lord Heseltine and Sir Elton John.
Bonhams will auction the furniture and collectibles at the New Bond Street showroom. The collection of furniture is expected to realise a six figure sum.
For those who are collectors of Georgian or Victorian furniture, there are reputable antiques dealers with a selection of pieces, like antique dining tables , in Lancashire. Whoever buys the furniture at auction in March will expect to pay a little more, as a buyer’s premium is added at a set percentage of the final price.
Vincent began his career working as an architect for the National Trust, before setting up his own business working in the Caribbean, Europe and the UK. As Vincent is a regular visitor to the Dordogne, Paris and London, the house was conveniently located for overseas travel and is just one of the reasons that he will miss it.
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