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