When the owners of historic Roddam Hall decided to downsize to a smaller property, generations of family history went under the hammer in an eclectic sale which included everything from vintage cameras to Victorian balloon backed dining chairs .
Cumbrian residents don’t normally get the chance to visit Roddam Hall, an 18th Century privately owned Northumbrian manor house. However, on 12th May the hall opened its doors to the general public, following Lord and Lady Vinson’s decision to move to a more manageable property on the estate, and auction off the things they couldn’t take with them.
The result was a fascinating mix of almost 500 lots, reflecting every facet of aristocratic family life. A painting believed to be from the school of Sir Joshua Reynolds, and valued at £30,000, would undoubtedly have taken pride of place in the withdrawing room, as would an 18th Century mahogany antique cabinet and set of eight Regency antique dining chairs , worth around £3,000. However, other items spoke of everyday household management – an oak-framed knife cleaner and Victorian sewing machines for the house staff, and an antique desk for the master to do the accounts.
The sale also reflected how previous owners may have spent their leisure time, and included silver-topped riding canes, Edwardian ball gowns, a mounted boar’s head and leather travelling trunks. The lots were presented in no particular order.
If your Lancashire home needs de-cluttering, selling your Victorian dining chairs to a Preston antique dealer will be more lucrative than disposing of them at auction.
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