A remarkable collection of 17th century furniture, discovered in an imposing, black and white timbered property in Staffordshire, is coming to auction - the serendipitous outcome of a routine inspection.
Following the discovery, auctioneer Charles Hanson commented: "On entering the house it was like going back in time to the period of Shakespeare.
"From oak coffers to oak press cupboards and 14 long case clocks from the 17th century, you really felt you were back in a period when Charles I was king of England. From pewter on tables to 17th century bible boxes and open fires, the property really had the feel of a time capsule."
The collection of finest 17th century furniture and furnishings, which is thought by Mr Hanson to be of National Trust calibre, had been amassed over decades by the owners of the house, a married couple now deceased. Approximately 180 lots will go to auction on January 12 complete with 17th century inspired food, costumes and revelry.
Highlights include a walnut four poster bed dated 1620, which carries a top-end estimate of £1,500 ($2,428), and a painting featuring two Sussex gentlemen dated 1670, which is by an unknown artist and has been given a high valuation of £5,000 ($8,093).
Hanson said of the forthcoming sale: "The quantity and quality of such furniture will create international interest and will also appeal to collectors who wish to acquire a piece of history from a romantic and turbulent period."
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