Alderley House Auction Puts 500 Lots of Georgian and Victorian Furnishings On Sale

Alderley House

Auctioneers Sworders will recreate the feel of a Georgian country house when the principal contents of Alderley House in Gloucestershire come up for sale on July 23rd 2019. The stand-alone auction in the auctioneer’s award-winning Stansted Mountfitchet headquarters will feature more than 500 lots.

The present-day Alderley House is a mid-19th century Grade II listed country house designed by the English architect Lewis Vulliamy and built for Robert Blagden Hale in the small village of Alderley, near Tetbury, Gloucestershire.

Alderley House’s Flemish tapestry

During the tenure of the Day family, the house was impeccably furnished in the English country house style with ample quantities of Georgian and Victorian furniture, Brussels tapestries, English and French mantel clocks, giltwood mirrors, Chesterfield sofas, sets of hunting prints and Persian carpets. Every one of the 14 bedrooms plus reception rooms including the drawing, dining room, sitting room, study and a library (with over 1300 leather board volumes) was decorated with English and French period and period-style furnishings.

Eloise H Stannard (1829-1915), Pubston Pippins, signed and dated 1894, oil on canvas, 26 x 36cm, Estimate £1,000 – £1,500

The July 23rd sale will be remarkable for the sheer quantity of good quality period furnishings: more than 66 container loads of art and antiques formerly at Alderley House are coming to Sworders. Estimates range from £100 for a Victorian wall clock to £5,000 for an early 18th century Flemish tapestry.

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Seller Victoria Grace Day, a well-known figure in the polo community, says: “It’s tricky to say what is my favourite item in the auction as I have many, which include the mahogany extending dining room table where we have had so many wonderful dinners with family and friends. I love the French kingwood bureau plat from the drawing room, where many an afternoon, I have leafed through the works of Caravaggio. The Steinway mahogany grand piano has provided great enjoyment to us all and the George III mahogany breakfront bookcase from the study was always filled with volumes of stories of life from past centuries.”

A George III mahogany breakfront bookcase,with a moulded cornice over four astragal glazed doors and two banks of four graduated drawers, flanked by panelled cupboard doors, on a plinth base, 248cm wide and 235.5cm high, has an estimate of £2,000 – £4,000.

“We purchased Alderley House in 2009 and having restored it back to a single residence, we put together the collection from pieces which were either inherited or purchased from individuals such as Henrietta Spencer Churchill in Woodstock, Thomas Goode in Mayfair and individuals who sourced specific items for us from Europe, for example the majority of the French beds, walnut armchairs, and mahogany bedside tables came in from France. Fabrics were selected for the sofas and chairs from Scalamandre and Colefax & Fowler.”

An early 18th century Flemish tapestry, 285 by 225cm is expected to sell in the region of £2,000-3,000.

The Principal Contents of Alderley House is the latest in a series of successful single-owner country house contents sales conducted in Stansted Mountfitchet. The auction house sold the principal contents of North Mymms Park, Hertfordshire sold in April last year for £1.75m.

A modern silk upholstered settee, by Colefax and Fowler, with silk floral upholstery designed by Scalamandré, on walnut legs, 215cm wide. Estimate: £2,000-4,000.


20 July 2019, 10am – 1pm
21 July 2019, 10am – 1pm
22 July 2019, 9am – 5pm
23 July 2019, from 9am

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