Contents of historic Baythorne Park go to auction as part of major Fine Art and antiques sale

Antique furniture, paintings and silver will be amongst the 390 items from the Grade II listed Baythorne Park, Essex to be offered at our Fine Art Sale in Cambridge on 7th & 8th March.

The collection includes paintings, silverware, furniture, fine wines and collectors’ items with a total value estimated at £100,000 - £150,000.


Situated on the Essex-Suffolk border and straddling the River Stour, Baythorne Park was previously home to the late Sir Julian Watson since his family bought the estate in 1952.  The prestigious 676-acre estate was tipped as one of the major property sales of year in 2017 having not be offered to the open market in the past 65 years.  


Luke Macdonald, Director, Cheffins comments: “This will be one of the most comprehensive country house collective sales to have come to the market in the past decade, with a diverse catalogue of hundreds of historic estate items. The late Sir Julian Watson was known to be a sporting man with a keen interest in horseracing and country pursuits and as a result, this collection contains some fine examples of sporting art and silver. With Baythorne Park easily one of the finest estates in the region, the property was like entering into a time warp and was a treasure trove of all things typical of a traditional country lifestyle.” 


The highlights of the paintings section include a hunting scene by the well-regarded British artist, John Emms which has an estimate of £7,000 - £10,000; another sporting scene by Philip Reinagle with an estimate of £3,000 - £5,000 and a picture by George Wright of hounds meeting outside a coaching in which has an estimate of £1,500 - £2,500.  


Amongst the furniture is a harlequin set of twelve 17th and 18th century oak chairs which have an estimate of £5,000 - £7,000 as well as a carved oak court cupboard which dates back to 1619 and has an estimate of £1,000 - £1,500. One of the more unusual lots is a mid-18th century panelled bacon settle which was traditionally used as a combined piece of furniture to both hang cured meat and be used as a seat.  


Silverware from the estate includes numerous tankards, silver plates, snuff boxes and numerous trophies from racing meetings across the country. The highest value lot in this section is a 1901 Edwardian silver gilt two-handled trophy cup inscribed ‘Ascott Cup, Aylesbury Steeplechase,’ which has an estimate of £700 - £1,000.


Luke Macdonald continues, “Beyond the obvious highlights, also within the sale are numerous collections of bronze sculptures, clocks, fine wines, cufflinks, wristwatches, walking sticks, polo mallets, driving crops and so on with values ranging from around £50 up to £7,000.” 


The Fine Art Sale takes place on  7th & 8th March at 11am at Cheffins, Clifton House, 1-2 Clifton Road, Cambridge, UK, CB1 7EA.


For more information, contact the Fine Art team or telephone 01223 213343.


For further media information, please contact Sophie Richardson, PR Manager, Cheffins or telephone 01223 271 990.

Philip Reinagle



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