Country house contents for sale

Bamfords junior valuer and auctioneer Dean Roe holds a French Egyptian Revival ormolu clock, circa 1870 and estimated at �600-�1000, just one of the many items that are to be auctioned from Alton Manor, the home of the late Lady Hilton, near Idridgehay.
Bamfords junior valuer and auctioneer Dean Roe holds a French Egyptian Revival ormolu clock, circa 1870 and estimated at �600-�1000, just one of the many items that are to be auctioned from Alton Manor, the home of the late Lady Hilton, near Idridgehay.
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the entire contents of a prestigious house in Idridgehay are to go under the hammer at a two-day auction.

An astonishing 1,040 lots will be up for grabs in the sale at Alton Manor tomorrow and Friday, May 12 and 13.

The house belonged to notable aristocrat Lady Winifred Hilton, who died at the age of 91 last year.

She was the widow of former Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire Sir Peter Hilton.

The auction includes clothes that belonged to Lady Hilton, who met members of the royal family, including the Queen, on numerous occasions.

Estimated prices start as low as £20 but go as high as £20,000.

The most expensive estimate is for an 18th century Sevres tea service. It is expected to fetch between £15,000 and £20,000.

Painted by Morris and Evans, the tea service comprises an ovoid teapot and cover, a sugar bowl and cover, a milk jug with branch feet, and six teacups and saucers.

A fine and important George III Derbyshire Blue John slender ovoid urn, attributed to Richard Brown, of Derby, is estimated to fetch between £7,000 and £10,000.

Also, a pair of Meissen models of a pug-dog and a bitch, modelled by J.J. Kändler, with pale brown coats, black muzzles and tails, wearing gilt collars applied with yellow and pink ribbons, on rectangular puce cushions with scrolls and gilt tassels, are priced at between £5,000 and £7,000.

Steven Iredale, an auctioneer and valuer at Bamfords, which is conducting the sale, said: “The entire contents of Alton Manor are going on sale. We are very excited.

“It is a real piece of Derbyshire history.

“These sort of sales do not come up very often.

“The lots include 17th and 18th century paintings that have been in the house for years.

“Lady Hilton’s clothes are included. She was quite well-known for her flamboyant dress sense.

“There will be hats that she wore when she met the Queen.”

Bamfords’ website contains the full list of auction items.

They include metalware, figurines, ceramics, glassware, lighting, military equipment and musical instruments.

There will also be pictures, plaques, shields, toys, jewellery, carpets, furniture, books, paintings, guns, swords, handbags, shoes, coins, medals and clocks.