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The recipe for reviving mahogany

Unseen contents of near-derelict Little Barford Manor include top-rank Georgian furniture

“Many think that the fashion for older mahogany furniture has died a death, however the prices achieved at this sale go to show that these items are still incredibly desirable.”

Cambridge auctioneer Luke Macdonald was speaking after the quarterly fine sale at Cheffins (22.5% buyer’s premium) on September 13-14 and he had statistics – including four five-figure bids – to back up a claim you don’t hear every day in challenging times.

But then it’s not every day one is invited to look over a near-derelict boarded-up country house and find a wealth of material inside.

The house was Little Barford Manor, a sprawling, architecturally undistinguished house on the Arlington Estate in Bedfordshire. The family had moved out more than 20 years ago to live in the dower house.

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