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Escape to the country for a sentimental journey

Traditional house contents sales retain a market attraction

A full tank in the Volvo, a couple of tax-deductible nights ahead in a country pub, bidding against locals wanting a souvenir of the big house for pieces needing a little TLC that had been in the same elegant property for a century and more…

The heydays of on-site country house contents sales have been gone these 30 years and more, but the lure of the name remains.

The 1270 lots offered at Chorley’s (20% buyer’s premium) Country House Sale at Prinknash Abbey on July 18 proved, said the auctioneers, that “there is still a market for traditional country house contents”.

This remains true even when, as at the Gloucestershire sale, the lots have been garnered from different country houses.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.

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