The contents of a Dorset country house that has not been touched for 60 years are being sold in a two-day auction next month.
All items from the house, which is near Shaftesbury, are in ‘market fresh’ condition and will be sold by Chartreuse auctioneers on Thursday 6 May as a one-owner collection.
Relatives have asked Charterhouse to help clean up the property after a family member dies.
Each room was filled with Georgian furniture, a portrait and other paintings, as well as miniatures, naive art, ceramics, including an extensive collection of Victorian pottery nursery plates, metal objects, of seashells and trinket cabinets with minerals, seals and other collectibles.
Outside the property, the auctioneers discovered an old shepherd’s hut, garden urns and ornaments, all also included in the auction.
Richard Bromell of Charterhouse said: “As we continued to be busy during the lockdown, we all really look forward to welcoming customers to our sales rooms.
“While our auctions have been successful online during the lockdown, and there is no doubt that some will change the way they buy at auction relying entirely on chair auctions, there is still a great community of buyers who love nothing more than wandering around our auction rooms looking. , seeing, smelling and handling all fine lots before bidding. ”