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Sale of Sudbury Hall treasures expected to create worldwide interest

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: August 29, 2014

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FAMILY treasures from Sudbury Hall are going on sale in September.

Charles Hanson, manager of Hansons Auctioneers and as seen on BBC1’s ‘Bargain Hunt’ has been instructed by Lady Sally Vernon to auction selected treasures from thge hall, which are expected to create worldwide interest when they go under the hammer at forthcoming auction.

Mr Hanson said: “We are privileged to be handling a fine array of items to be sold on behalf of Lady Vernon who was married to the late 10th Lord Vernon of Sudbury Hall.

"Included in the auction will be the Sudbury Hall desk box and cover in Morocco leather, beautifully mounted with a Chinese jade pierced dragon handle. Elsewhere, a remarkable pair of Grand Tour paintings from circa 1760 will be included.

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"I suspect” said Mr Hanson, “they were picked up on the Grand Tour in Italy at the time Pompeii and Herculaneum were being uncovered during the second half of the 18th Century”.

In addition, a fine pair of mantelpiece Sudbury Hall Chinese porcelain cockerels and a beautiful early 18th Century red lacquered wall clock are expected to soar.

“From the mystical Far East and two fine Chinese vases to East Indies paintings and a fine mid-18th Century Chinese Chippendale black lacquered and gilt side table, we hope the passion for items with such a pedigree will be keenly contested for by dealers and the public worldwide” remarked Mr Hanson.

Sudbury Hall was given to the National Trust in 1967.

It is one of the finest and most intriguing of all Caroline country houses. It was designed by George Vernon, who inherited the estate in 1659.

The 10th Lord Vernon inherited Sudbury in 1963 on the death of his father, the 9th Baron. He gave the house over to the National Trust in 1967 in lieu of death duties, retaining the village of Sudbury and surrounding farmland.

Sudbury Hall is is notable for its superb Great Staircase, fine Long Gallery, and portraits by John Michael Wright, and of Charles II's mistresses. Inside there are a mixture of architectural styles with carvings by Grinling Gibbons and Edward Pearce, murals by Louis Laguerre and elaborate plasterwork by Samuel Mansfield.

Lady Sally Vernon, daughter of Robin Stratford QC has instructed Hansons to sell many of her home furnishings.

Mr Hanson said: “The items have a heritage and history unique to our great Country for the large estates which once upon a time were the focal point of an entire community”. Last year, in 2013, Hansons Auctioneers sold from Kedleston Hall, the Duffield Castle Burley Hill pottery ewer of circa 1350 at a hammer price of £30,000.

For further details about the auction to take place on September 26 and 27 are available by calling 01283 733988, online at www.hansonsauctioneers.co.uk or email charleshanson@hansonsauctioneers.co.uk

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