Charles Hanson is a well-known face on BBC’s Antiques Roadtrip, but he must have felt as though he’d taken a trip back in time when he visited a house in Lichfield, which was furnished with antique chests, tester beds and other period pieces – all dating from the time when Shakespeare was alive. He said:
“A collection of the finest 17th century oak furniture and furnishings I have seen in my career to date. [It] felt as though one was wandering around a home in care of the National Trust or English Heritage.”
This was Charles Hanson’s reaction after paying what he thought would be a routine visit to a period cottage deep in the heart of Staffordshire. Instead, he found himself in a veritable time capsule of oak period furniture. The property of a married couple, now both deceased, the remarkable hoard included around 15 17th century antique chests and coffers, plus four-poster beds, antique dining tables , copperware, tapestries, artworks, longcase clocks and other pieces from the same period. The couple had also collected occasional pieces from 18th and 19th centuries, including Victorian dining chairs and cabinets.
The entire collection will be auctioned at a single owner sale on 12th January. To get people into the period mood, Hansons lined up a special viewing day, with 17th century drinks, food and entertainment, and staff in period costume.
Centuries old furniture is rarely found in people’s homes these days, even in Lancashire. Nonetheless, antique dining tables and antique chests evoking the period can be found by visiting a good antique dealer in Preston.
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