£1million of treasures at Welwyn Hatfield country home to be sold in a major antiques auction

PUBLISHED: 11:28 15 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:37 15 February 2018

An impressive pair of George IV cast and chased silver candelabra from 1824. Estimate: �15,000-20,000. Picture: Sworders

An impressive pair of George IV cast and chased silver candelabra from 1824. Estimate: �15,000-20,000. Picture: Sworders

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A cornucopia of 650 antiques from an imposing historic country house will go under the hammer this spring.

Too many muniments? Store them in this handy Charles I leather and studwork muniment chest. Estimate: £3,000-5,000. Picture: SwordersToo many muniments? Store them in this handy Charles I leather and studwork muniment chest. Estimate: £3,000-5,000. Picture: Sworders

With an estimated total value of £1million, sale estimates for the North Mymms House auction go up to £20,000, including a centuries-old tapestry depicting the Labours of Hercules (previous owner: JP Morgan).

Guy Schooling, managing director at the auctioneers Sworders, said: “This will be perhaps the finest house sale Sworders have conducted in 30 years.”

Those with more realistic budgets might be interested in a pair of George III silver pepper pots with an estimate starting at just £50.

However, if you’re more fussy about your silverware, two George IV silver candelabras made in 1824 would be a snip at their estimate of £15,000-20,000.

No home is complete without a George III brass-bound mahogany peat bucket. Estimate: £200-400. Picture: SwordersNo home is complete without a George III brass-bound mahogany peat bucket. Estimate: £200-400. Picture: Sworders

The saucy French oil painting “A Woman Taking off her Stocking” by Philip Mercier from the 18th century is estimated at the same price, one of 100 paintings up for auction.

The objects in North Mymms house have seen some interesting things.

It was built in the 16th century for the Coningsbury family, who were the High Sheriffs of Hertfordshire.

During the Civil War, Thomas Coningsby was a staunch Cavalier and was locked up in the Tower of London and his house ransacked by Parliamentary troops supporting Oliver Cromwell.

A Heriz carpet from north-west Persia; no info on whether it can fly. Estimate: £3,000-4,000. Picture: SwordersA Heriz carpet from north-west Persia; no info on whether it can fly. Estimate: £3,000-4,000. Picture: Sworders

Sir Coningsby was eventually released, but he died soon after and the property was sold to Sir Nicholas Hyde.

In the 19th century, the house was bought by the Anglo-American banker Walter Hayes Burns as somewhere to store his art collection - many of the objects in the auction were his.

The auction will take place April 17-18, and lots can be previewed from April 12.

Once owned by JP Morgan, this likely 16th century tapestry shows Hercules and Atlas having a barney over who's going to shoulder the weight of heaven. Estimate: �15,000-20,000. Picture: SwordersOnce owned by JP Morgan, this likely 16th century tapestry shows Hercules and Atlas having a barney over who's going to shoulder the weight of heaven. Estimate: �15,000-20,000. Picture: Sworders

Can't get these at Boots, can you. A collection of glass drug jars and stoppers with gilt, paper and etched labels. Estimate: �50-100. Picture: SwordersCan't get these at Boots, can you. A collection of glass drug jars and stoppers with gilt, paper and etched labels. Estimate: �50-100. Picture: Sworders

"Ceres with the four elements", French 17th century painting, could grace your home for a mere �15,000-20,000. Picture: Sworders

One of the more modern items in the auction, this spiral fluted cup was made by Robert Welch in 1990. Estimate: various. Picture: SwordersOne of the more modern items in the auction, this spiral fluted cup was made by Robert Welch in 1990. Estimate: various. Picture: Sworders

An 1839 depiction of the Battle of Trafalgar by George Chambers. A snip estimated at �15,000-25,000. Picture: SwordersAn 1839 depiction of the Battle of Trafalgar by George Chambers. A snip estimated at �15,000-25,000. Picture: Sworders

One of the cheapest items on the list, these George III silver pepper pots could be yours from �50. Picture: SwordersOne of the cheapest items on the list, these George III silver pepper pots could be yours from �50. Picture: Sworders

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