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Schellenberg collection boosts lots to record high

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A large collection of items that graced the rooms of one of Yorkshire’s oldest and most prestigious country houses will be included in our two-day sale at Bedale Hall on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September.

They are being put up for auction by the Yorkshire-born sportsman Mr Keith Schellenberg, who lived at the country house of St Nicholas in Richmond, North Yorkshire, from 2001 until its recent sale earlier this year. Best known for his Captaincy of both the Olympic British Bobsleigh Team and the Yorkshire Rugby team, Mr Schellenberg has also had a long and successful motor racing and rallying career.

Some of the items were purchased by Mr Schellenberg at a sale of the principal contents of St Nicholas held by Christies in Kensington in 2001, following the death of the previous owner Lady Serena James, the previous year. These include a pair of Italian giltwood altar candlesticks estimated to reach between £1,000 and £1,500. Other treasures in the collection hail from properties north of the border, including the Killean Estate in Argyll and Foveran House, Aberdeenshire.

Another noteworthy lot is a pair of 19th century Italian carved wooden figures. Thought to be Venetian in origin, the exotically dressed figures are almost two metres high and carry a price estimate of £4,000 to £6,000.

There are many items of furniture in the collection, including a Dutch walnut, marquetry and ebony side table (pictured above) estimated at £800 to £1,200 which sits alongside stand-alone chairs, ornamental tables, bookcases, fine paintings, mirrors, carpets and garden furniture. Smaller pieces such as glassware, dinner services, vases and clocks are also featured. There are almost 80 lots in total.

St Nicholas is the historic town of Richmond’s oldest domestic dwelling. Although largely dating from the 16th century, it is built on the site of the 12th century Hospital of St Nicholas.

The Schellenberg collection is part of over 1,250 entries that will go under the hammer on 21 and 22 September. This unprecedented volume of lots has prompted us to hold the sale over two days and some of the finest antiques and fine art in the region will be showcased over the weekend.

Viewing for the sale will take place on Friday 20 September from 10am until 7pm, with the sale starting at 10am on both Saturday 21 (lots 1 to 719) and Sunday 22 September (lots 720 to 1261).

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