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See the video clip here of Lady Carnarvon and Helen Carless meeting to celebrate the happy event: https://youtu.be/Tyf7NyU83hc
A fascinating album of photographs, giving a glimpse of life in one of Britain’s most distinguished country seats, came to light recently.
The album contains 44 large mounted photographs of the house, staff and estate at Highclere Castle in Hampshire, immortalised in popular culture as the setting for the ITV series `Downton Abbey` as the home of the fictional `Earl of Grantham` but it is actually the home of the Earls of Carnarvon. The photographs, taken by J. W. Righton of Newbury, date from 1895 and include portraits of the newly married 5th Earl with his Countess, Almina as well as a photograph showing the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) and other guests as well as the house staff. In addition, there are photographs of the grounds and the interior showing how Highclere was furnished and decorated in the 1890’s.
Returned to Highclere, following a private treaty sale, Lady Carnarvon says “I am thrilled that the photo album is coming home and it’s a very happy resolution orchestrated by Lawrences on behalf of the vendors. We do already have some of the photographs but it will be very interesting to cross reference the names of the guests and staff in a more complete fashion".
Helen Carless of Lawrences commented, “ Lawrences are delighted to have negotiated the private treaty sale that ensured that the album is now where it should be and all parties are extremely happy with the outcome”.
Whether you want to sell (or buy) diamonds and daggers, Meissen and mezzotints or toy trains and tribal art you will find that our specialists at Lawrences in the glorious West Country know just how to put the action into auctions. Using the latest marketing technology, we achieve the best prices.
With over 300 years of combined expertise, much of it learned in the London auction rooms, we make it our business to know lots about your lots.
Consigned for sale by a Wiltshire gentleman whose ancestor acquired it while working as a solicitor in Shanghai in the early 20th century, it had spent the last thirty years on his brother’s mantelpiece. The instantly recognisable shape is associated with 18th Century design and the vase carried marks purporting to date the object to the reign of the Emperor Jiaqing (1760-1820). A swathe of pre-sale enquiries from around the world and a bank of telephone bidders on the day indicated that a strong price should be anticipated. However, when auctioneer Neil Grenyer opened the bidding, interest from online bidders rapidly exceeded £200,000 before those on the telephones and in the room, who were itching to bid on the vase, had their first opportunity to join in. At £240,000, there were still four bidders in contention - three on the telephone and one online – and the vase eventually sold to a Hong Kong- based dealer who was bidding over the telephone. THE TOTAL PRICE, INCLUDNG THE AUCTIONEERS' PREMIUM WAS JUST OVER £305,000
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