After 40 years of high-end trading, legendary English antique dealership Sampson and Horne will sell their entire stock, comprising nearly 800 lots, in an estimated £1m sale at Bonhams on April 28.
Widely considered as the leading dealer in British pottery and country furniture, the Mayfair-based company - whose clientele includes important private collectors and international museums from the UK and the US - is closing due to the ill health of its founder Jonathan Horne.
The sale will feature 17th and 18th century fine and rare British pottery, country furniture, decorative and unusual period items, needlework and paintings.
"No one has done more than Jonathan and Alistair to encourage the study and collecting of early British pottery and English country furniture," said John Sandon, director of Bonhams' British ceramics department.
"They only bought interesting, rare and special pieces and, as a result, this sale presents a remarkable opportunity.
"Many wonderful objects will be offered with sensible estimates to encourage bidding and inspire a new generation of pottery collectors," he said.
"This will be the legacy of Sampson and Horne."